ʻAbd al-Rahmān III : the first Cordoban caliph /
Maribel Fierro.
Oxford : Oneworld, 2005.
x, 150 p. ; 22 cm.
1851683844 (hbk.)
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Oxford : Oneworld, 2005.
1851683844 (hbk.)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Maribel Fierro is Investigador Cientifico at the Departmento de Estudios Arabes, CSIC, Spain
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Appeared in Choice on 2006-02-01:
These five titles are the first in a new monograph series, Makers of the Muslim World, which focuses on the lives and contributions to Islam of important scholars and/or leaders not well-known in the West. Despite their inordinately high price, they offer non-Muslim readers and specialists a useful addition to the growing body of literature in English on the subject. Thus, Robinson's study of 'Abd al-Malik, perhaps the best-known of the group, underscores al-Malik's two main contributions to Islamic development--the establishment of an Islamic state separate from its religious structure--Damascus- rather than Mecca-based--and building the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem as earthly symbol and location of Muhammad's "night journey." Robinson notes that unlike his predecessors, al-Malik had an "imperial vision of the caliphate as God's instrument, linking monotheism to empire." Abd al-Rahman, similarly, unified Islamic Spain, establishing the Cordoban Caliphate as rival to the Abbasids in Baghdad and presiding over the brilliant Islamic civilization developed there. Amir Khusraw, the most multitalented of the five, served the pre-Mughal sultans of Delhi as poet, courtier, and musician, and synthesized Islamic and Hindu elements into what later became the high Hindustani culture of India. Astarabadi's distinction rests on his unorthodox views, emphasizing dreams as essential to divine understanding and language as key to this understanding. For this reason, his followers in the movement he founded became known as Hurufis, "Letterists," later influencing Islamic thought in India. The last figure, Barelwi (from Bareilly, India, his home), was not only "modern" in time (1856-1921) but also generated a movement that was Indian in objectives and continues to influence Sunni Muslims everywhere, centered as it is on Muhammad as the "perfect man," essential to emulate in one's approach to God. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Graduate students and faculty. W. Spencer Flagler College
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This series is devoted to the men & women who made the Muslim world what it is today, whether they were poets or scholars, artists or scientists, politicans or religious leaders. Each book presents one key figure in their cultural & historical context & assesses their influence on the development of Islam.
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Covers the 10th-century founder of the great Cordova Caliphate.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. vii
The Fourteen Days of Happiness of 'Abd al-Rahman III (r. 912-61)p. 1
Al-Andalus Before the Second Umayyad Caliphatep. 5
What was al-Andalus?p. 5
Arabs and Berbers, the Muslim tribesmen who conquered al-Andalusp. 8
The conquered population and the process of conversionp. 12
The Umayyad emirs: centralization, law, and clientagep. 18
External enemiesp. 25
The Collapse of Umayyad Power and Its Recovery by 'Abd al-Rahman III (912-28)p. 29
Muslims against Muslims: the Umayyad confrontation with Arabs, Berbers, and Muwalladsp. 30
Umayyads against Umayyads: the reign of emir 'Abd Allah (r. 888-912)p. 34
A new beginning: 'Abd al-Rahman III becomes emir (912)p. 37
Securing the central lands and the defeat of the Hafsunids (912-28)p. 41
The frontier regionsp. 48
Caliphate and Consolidation (929-61)p. 53
The adoption of the caliphal title and the minting of goldp. 53
Extending Umayyad power in the frontier regions: the fall of Toledo and Zaragozap. 60
Betrayal: the battle of Simancas-Alhandega (939)p. 64
Relationships with the Christian politiesp. 68
Conflict with the Fatimids and North African policiesp. 73
The Caliph's Family and His Menp. 79
The caliph's familyp. 79
Men of the sword and men of the penp. 84
Slaves and eunuchsp. 90
Hierarchies and egalitarianism among the Muslim populationp. 93
Christians and Jewsp. 98
Building the Caliphate: Stick, Stones, and Wordsp. 105
The carrot and the stickp. 105
Cordoba and Madinat al-Zahra'p. 109
The writing of historyp. 117
Scholars and men of lettersp. 120
Religious policies and the Maliki identityp. 125
'Abd al-Rahman III's Legacyp. 133
How do we know what we know about 'Abd al-Rahman III?p. 137
Bibliographyp. 141
Indexp. 145
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