The Decline and Fall of the First Muslim Empire

  title={The Decline and Fall of the First Muslim Empire},
  author={Hugh P. Kennedy},
Collective Duties (Fard Kifāya) in Islamic Law: The Moral Community, State Authority and Ethical Speculation in the Premodern Period
This dissertation studies a unique subset of legal obligations in Islamic law known as “collective duties” (farḍ kifāya) and focuses on juristic writing in the premodern period between the 9th and
State Building in the Middle East
This review examines state building in the Middle East from a long-term, historical perspective. The Middle East's early transition to settled agriculture meant the region was home to many of the
The Death of al-ʿAbbās b. al-Maʾmūn and a “Thwarted” Coup d’État
  • J. Turner
  • History
    Journal of Near Eastern Studies
  • 2013
This article focuses on the point at which the slave soldiers of al-Muʿtaṣim (r. a.h. 218–227/833–842 c.e.) rose to the political forefront and came to dominate the holder of the Caliphal seat. It is
The Feeding of the five Hundred Thousand: Cities and Agriculture in Early Islamic Mesopotamia
This paper discusses the impact of the foundation of major cities in Mesopotamia in the early Islamic period (c. 636-900 CE) and their impact on the agricultural economy and rural settlement in the
Archaeology and material culture
A recurrent concern in the archaeological study of early Islam is the degree to which the physical record exhibits significant continuity with the centuries prior to 1/622. This chapter first
Modern approaches to early Islamic history
Western writing on Islam, including early Islamic history, has roots reaching back to the medieval period. As far as early Islamic history is concerned, Western scholars of the Enlightenment began to
Pre-Islamic Arabia
The literary sources in Arabic dealing with pre-Islamic Arabia are copious, but rarely give direct answers to questions which are of interest to modern research. Arabian society was tribal and