When Baghdad Ruled the Muslim World by Hugh Kennedy
The Rise and Fall of Islam's Greatest Dynasty

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Introduces us to the rich history and flourishing culture of the "golden age of Islam" in the eighth and ninth centuries.
 

About Hugh Kennedy

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Hugh Kennedy has taught in the Department of Mediaeval History at the University of St. Andrews since 1972. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2000. Professor Kennedy lives in St. Andrews, Scotland.
 
Published March 17, 2009 by Da Capo Press. 376 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction

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(Arab history knows him as “Abu’l-dawaniq, the father of pennies, because he counted them all.”) Yet Mansur was also “a political operator of genius” who had a knack for playing enemies off one another and for surviving intrigue;

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Firmly grounded in the original Arabic literary sources of the era, Kennedy (Mongols, Huns and Vikings ) emphasizes the amazing personalities of the period, such as Caliph Harun al-Rashid (mythologized in The Arabian Nights ) and his powerful queen Zubayda.

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