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Description - The Eclipse of the Abbasid Caliphate by Miskawaiha

"The Eclipse of the Abbasid Caliphate" is one of the most original and interesting chronicles to have survived from the mediaeval Islamic world. Written by the noted Persian historian and philosopher, Miskawayh, it is a lively, vigorous and remarkably secular account of events during a time that many consider to be the golden age of Islamic scholarship. Miskawayh's position at court and his role as keeper of state papers meant he was well placed to provide what is an extremely well informed account of events. Translated from the Arabic by David Margoliouth, Laudian Professor of Arabic at Oxford University, the work is long out of print and now very rare. This edition is introduced by Hugh Kennedy, a leading international authority on the period.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781780760650
ISBN-10: 1780760655
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 1448
Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Publish Date: 30-Sep-2014
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Miskawaiha

Abu 'Ali Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Ya'qublgn Miskawayh (932-1030), known as Miskawayh, was a prominent Persian philosopher and historian, born at Ray in Iran. He served at court in Baghdad and Shiraz and was also librarian and keeper of state papers. Translated from the Arabic by D. S. Margoliouth (1858-1940), Laudian Professor of Arabic, University of Oxford. Introduced by Hugh Kennedy, Professor of Arabic, SOAS, University of London. Hugh Kennedy is a noted international authority on the Abbasid period. His works include The Armies of the Caliphs (2001), The Court of the Caliphs (2005) and The Great Arab Conquests (2007).