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The study of early Islamic history has flourished in recent years. Chase Robinson's book takes full account of the latest research, interweaving history and historiography to interpret the political, social, and economic transformations in the Mesopotamian region after the Islamic conquests. Using Arabic and Syriac sources, the author focuses on the Muslim and Christian élites, demonstrating that significant social change took place only at the end of the seventh century. This is a sophisticated study at the cutting-edge of a burgeoning field in Islamic studies.Read more
- Combination of history and historiography means that this book will be at the cutting edge of early Islamic studies
- A neglected geographic area in this period studied through the prism of a range of sources
- Robinson is a rising star in this area, already recognized as a brilliant scholar
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"In Empire and Elites, Chase F. Robinson, a university lecturer at Oxford, offers a thorough reassessment of the provincial history and historiography of northern Mesopotamia during the "postconquest" and Umayyad period...the argument as a whole is presented with admirable clarity and breadth of vision...Both for its argument and methodology, Empire and Elites deserves the attention of students of early Islamic history and historiography." HistorySee more reviews
"For the specialist or advanced graduate student, the book is a jewel." Historian
"...a closely read, densely documented introduction to the conquest and transformation of Muslim and Christian elites from the seventh through the eighth centuries." American Historical Review
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- Date Published: November 2006
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521028738
- length: 224 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 152 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.351kg
- contains: 1 map
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
List of abbreviations
Note on dates and citations
Map: the fertile crescent in the early Abbasid period
1. Conquest history and its uses
2. The seventh-century Jazira
3. From garrison to city: the birth of Mosul
4. A Christian élites in the Mosuli hinterland: the shaharija
5. Islam in the north: Jaziran Kharijism
6. Massacre and narrative: the Abbasid Revolution in Mosul I
7. Massacre and élite politics: the Abbasid Revolution in Mosul II
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