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رن الأول الهجرى إلى خلافة الخليفة المكتفى وظهور منصب إمارة الأمراء بزعامة ابن رائق فى العام 936م 324ه. This is a very informative but dense book I'm not a slouch at keeping track of names but I was constantly consulting the family tree to figure out where in time we were It is much a political history than a social history although I was glad for the chapters that did touch on what life was like De Dreyfus à Vichy. L'évolution de la communauté juive en France, 1906-1959 of names but I was constantly consulting the family tree to figure Louis Napoléon le Grand out where in time we were It is much a political history than a social history although I was glad for the chapters that did touch Lannes (1769-1809) maréchal de Napoléon : Colloque Maisons-Laffitte, 18 mars 2017 on what life was like

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يتناول هذا الكتاب تاريخ الدولة العباسية منذ بداية الدعوة العباسية فى خرسان على يد دعاتها المخلصين. When Baghdad Ruled the Muslim World claims to introduce us to the history and flourishing culture of the golden age of Islam Overall there aren't too many books on the market to compare to but the scope of the work is interesting and relatively unexplored by most scholars Unfortunately the book doesn't live up to all of the expectations I had for itHugh Kennedy admirably tries to tell the history of the Abbasids in as a story but fails to achieve the level of storytelling success that one might find in a book like Destiny Disrupted A History of the World through Islamic Eyes by Tamim Ansary His biggest problem with his story format is that 1 it's inconsistent and 2 it switches without notice between storytelling and history lecture in an abrupt manner that doesn't flow well I have a bit of a love hate relationship with his writing style He seems to desperately want to share this history as a story but fails to do so in a consistently cohesive and logical way It seems like he often presents the most dramaticentertainingshocking story first as if that IS what happened but then all of the sudden cuts it off and tells you that's just one possibility and another source says x y z I would have really preferred if he could have told the story that facts confirm and then add in the miscellaneous possibilities as to what else may have occurred It was kind of like reading this is what happened or is it over and over againI loved the stories he did tell I hated hearing once again that it was only one of several possibilities I think the stories he did tell were perhaps how he'd like to imagine history having occurred and that by telling that story he puts his opinion first in your mind while marginally acknowledging the other possibilities so he doesn't lose credibility This way you're likely to remember the interesting story as opposed to the other possibilities which are presented as dry facts or secondary considerations Aside from that I really enjoyed most of the content and I loved reading about Harun Al RashidThe Harem and Abbassid court culture Unfortunately this particular look at court culture contains essentially no information about dancers as part of the court or general culture There are some images in the middle of the book including one from Samarra depicting two dancing girls pouring wine It is part of a small fragment of the murals which decorated the palace Clearly dance was present in court culture but despite even including an image there is no real information about dance in any form It does talk uite a bit about poets and makes some mentions of Musicians though We can make some guesses about the possible place of dance in court culture based on the information about musicians and possibly slaves but the author made no attempt to mention anything about danceAlthough the beginning has a lot of problems with the switching between storyteller and historian writing style the later chapters don't do this as much Instead the majority switches to dry history The information is interesting but harder to follow and keep interested in However there are occasional small instances like this throughout the booksAnother issue I had with the book is that although the author of the book is supposed to be neutral to religion but several comments and assertions of the authors opinions seemed to be rather biased against Islam This gives me reservations about how he perceives the historic events Considering he presents certain versions of possible history as being his story arc is it because these are products of his bias or is it historically the most viable I don't knowMy other issue with the book is the way that it's divided into chapters Some books like Women Men and Eunuchs Gender in Byzantium can take a separate approach to a historical time period and work this is because the scope of each chapter is very specific in what it covers there is little to no overlap in other chapters and there is generally not much repeated Kennedey's work however attempts to separate while weaving together in a story and it doesn't work well It's a bit like reading a novel out of order randomly selecting which chapter you will read It's a disjointed experience and you have to jump from one person to another and one topic to another constantly to re situate yourself in the context of what's happening I wonder if he wouldn't have been better off using a bit of a chronological progression throughout the book in which he could have incorporated each of the elements he tried to separate It might have made it easier for the reader to compare military architectural and cultural differences between all the different caliphs while also moving forward in a logical and story like progressionI would still recommend this for people looking to learn about the Abbasid Caliphs which is mostly what the book ends up talking about but most other uestions about court culture or how people lived their daily lives go largely unanswered Be aware that parts are going to uickly switch from a story to history in a split second and that jolting experience as a reader can be a problem with moving forward in the book I do think there is a lot of good information and it is relatively accessible to the average reader assuming you like reading history and are used to reading in that genre It does help to examine the history and successions of the Abbasid Caliphs and tells some of the stories that make them seem like human beings as opposed to just some distant historical figures Une élite parisienne : les familles de la grande bourgeoisie juive (1870-1939) (Histoire) of the golden age Mérovingiens: Les Grands Articles d'Universalis of Islam Overall there aren't too many books Je me souviens des Halles on the market to compare to but the scope Dictionnaire du cinéma populaire français : Des origines à nos jours of the work is interesting and relatively unexplored by most scholars Unfortunately the book doesn't live up to all De la dictature à la démocratie: voies ibériques of the expectations I had for itHugh Kennedy admirably tries to tell the history Le Livre De La Tour Eiffel of the Abbasids in as a story but fails to achieve the level Dictionnaire Clemenceau (Bouquins) of storytelling success that La Révolution française - Dictionnaire biographique one might find in a book like Destiny Disrupted A History La Bretagne pour les nuls of the World through Islamic Eyes by Tamim Ansary His biggest problem with his story format is that 1 it's inconsistent and 2 it switches without notice between storytelling and history lecture in an abrupt manner that doesn't flow well I have a bit Le Régime de Vichy (Repères t. 206) of a love hate relationship with his writing style He seems to desperately want to share this history as a story but fails to do so in a consistently cohesive and logical way It seems like he L'Hôtel des Invalides (La memoire des lieux t. 1) often presents the most dramaticentertainingshocking story first as if that IS what happened but then all Dictionnaire historique des rues de Paris [par : Hillairet], Editions de Minuit, 1979 of the sudden cuts it Dictionnaire Louis XIV (Bouquins) off and tells you that's just Les constitutions de la France: « Que sais-je ? » n° 162 one possibility and another source says x y z I would have really preferred if he could have told the story that facts confirm and then add in the miscellaneous possibilities as to what else may have Dictionnaire amoureux de la Bourgogne occurred It was kind La guide des chemins de France (Éd.1552) of like reading this is what happened Dictionnaire amoureux de Versailles (DICT AMOUREUX) or is it Encyclopédie de la Seconde Guerre mondiale (Bouquins) over and Dictionnaire amoureux de Napoléon (DICT AMOUREUX) over againI loved the stories he did tell I hated hearing Chronologie de la France De Napoléon à nos jours once again that it was Voyage de Jaques Cartier au Canada en 1534 (Nouv. éd.) (Éd.1865) only La Meuse, les 500 communes one Révolution française: Les Grands Articles d'Universalis of several possibilities I think the stories he did tell were perhaps how he'd like to imagine history having Versailles (Bouquins) occurred and that by telling that story he puts his Château de St Germain en Laye en dates et en chiffres opinion first in your mind while marginally acknowledging the Curiosités botaniques à Paris et en Ile-de-France other possibilities so he doesn't lose credibility This way you're likely to remember the interesting story as Dictionnaire critique de la Révolution française : idées opposed to the Le PSF. Un parti de masse à droite (1936-1940): Une parti de masse à droite (HISTOIRE) other possibilities which are presented as dry facts La Corse Pour les Nuls or secondary considerations Aside from that I really enjoyed most La Bourgogne Pour les Nuls of the content and I loved reading about Harun Al RashidThe Harem and Abbassid court culture Unfortunately this particular look at court culture contains essentially no information about dancers as part A la découverte du Moyen Age of the court Paris libéré, Paris retrouvé or general culture There are some images in the middle Fatou, Julia, Montel,: le grand prix des sciences mathématiques de 1918, et après... of the book including Le livre d'or de l'Algérie : histoire politique, militaire, administrative, (Éd.1889) one from Samarra depicting two dancing girls pouring wine It is part Je me souviens du 14e arrodissement of a small fragment Versailles: Le château, la ville, ses monuments of the murals which decorated the palace Clearly dance was present in court culture but despite even including an image there is no real information about dance in any form It does talk uite a bit about poets and makes some mentions HISTOIRE DE LA FRANCE DES ORIGINES A NOS JOURS of Musicians though We can make some guesses about the possible place Conseils d'un homo aux hétéros pour séduire les femmes of dance in court culture based La vie à Paris pendant la Révolution: 1789-1793 on the information about musicians and possibly slaves but the author made no attempt to mention anything about danceAlthough the beginning has a lot Maisons en pan-de-bois de Bretagne : Histoire d'un type d'architecture urbaine of problems with the switching between storyteller and historian writing style the later chapters don't do this as much Instead the majority switches to dry history The information is interesting but harder to follow and keep interested in However there are Dictionnaire illustré de l'histoire de France occasional small instances like this throughout the booksAnother issue I had with the book is that although the author Guide du voyageur à Noirmoutier, (Éd.1884) of the book is supposed to be neutral to religion but several comments and assertions Guide d'architecture de la France du XXe siècle of the authors Les Rues de Poitiers, dictionnaire historique & biographique opinions seemed to be rather biased against Islam This gives me reservations about how he perceives the historic events Considering he presents certain versions Montauban - Promenade Dans le Temps of possible history as being his story arc is it because these are products Je me souviens du 13e arrondissement of his bias Dictionnaire historique des rues de paris - 2 vol. or is it historically the most viable I don't knowMy Formulaire du technicien tuyauteur, chaudronnier & soudeur other issue with the book is the way that it's divided into chapters Some books like Women Men and Eunuchs Gender in Byzantium can take a separate approach to a historical time period and work this is because the scope Histoire de la construction de l'Europe depuis 1945 of each chapter is very specific in what it covers there is little to no L'Europe médiane, carrefours et connexions overlap in Nous, citoyens d'Europe : Les Frontières, l'Etat, le peuple other chapters and there is generally not much repeated Kennedey's work however attempts to separate while weaving together in a story and it doesn't work well It's a bit like reading a novel Carrelage de sol et mural out La maison à ossature bois par les schémas: Manuel de construction visuel. of Histoire et tradition des Européens : 30 000 ans d'identité order randomly selecting which chapter you will read It's a disjointed experience and you have to jump from L'Europe et le mythe de l'Occident one person to another and La construction européenne est-elle irréversible ? one topic to another constantly to re situate yourself in the context LES DEUX SCANDALES DE PANAMA. of what's happening I wonder if he wouldn't have been better Les éléments des projets de construction - 11e édition off using a bit Technologie fonctionnelle de l'automobile - Tome 1 - 7e éd. - Le moteur et ses auxiliaires of a chronological progression throughout the book in which he could have incorporated each Traité de construction en terre of the elements he tried to separate It might have made it easier for the reader to compare military architectural and cultural differences between all the different caliphs while also moving forward in a logical and story like progressionI would still recommend this for people looking to learn about the Abbasid Caliphs which is mostly what the book ends up talking about but most Technologie fonctionnelle de l'automobile - Tome 2 - 7e éd. other uestions about court culture La décomposition des nations européennes : De l'union euro-atlantique à l'Etat mondial or how people lived their daily lives go largely unanswered Be aware that parts are going to uickly switch from a story to history in a split second and that jolting experience as a reader can be a problem with moving forward in the book I do think there is a lot L'Europe a-t-elle un avenir ? 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أمثال بكير بن ماهان وأبى سلمة الخلال وأبى مسلم الخراسانى فى بداية القرن الثامن الميلادى نهاية الق. Although the book contained rich information I found it poorly organised repetitive incoherent at times and lacked proper historical analysis I understand the writer wants to reach out to laypersons by narrating The Abbasid era in a storytelling format but only manages to make it dull and dry I felt the writer spent too much time on personal tales corruption betrayal and scandalsthough some are shocking and interesting at the same timeI expected on geo politics and social analysisIt falls a shot by miles in my opinion and I didn't enjoy much except for some personal tales and gruesome politics This may a good starting book for learning The Abbasid Era If you are little or vaguely familiar with this period of history I recommend you skip this book Napoléon et l'opéra organised repetitive incoherent at times and lacked proper historical analysis I understand the writer wants to reach Souvenirs de campagnes du sergent Faucheur out to laypersons by narrating The Abbasid era in a storytelling format but Nouvelle Histoire de la France contemporaine, tome 10 : Les Débuts de la troisième République, 1871-1898 only manages to make it dull and dry I felt the writer spent too much time La France et les Français sous la IIIe République 1870-1940 on personal tales corruption betrayal and scandalsthough some are shocking and interesting at the same timeI expected Nouvelle Histoire de la France contemporaine, tome 9 : De la fête impériale au mur des fédérés, 1852-1871 on geo politics and social analysisIt falls a shot by miles in my Un souvenir de Solférino (Éd.1862) opinion and I didn't enjoy much except for some personal tales and gruesome politics This may a good starting book for learning The Abbasid Era If you are little Le champ de luzerne or vaguely familiar with this period Le Triomphe de la République - 1871-1914 of history I recommend you skip this book


10 thoughts on “When Baghdad Ruled the Muslim World The Rise And Fall of Islam's Greatest Dynasty

  1. says:

    When Baghdad Ruled the Muslim World claims to introduce us to the history and flourishing culture of the golden age of Islam Overall there aren't too many books on the market to compare to but the scope of the work is interesting and relatively unexplored by most scholars Unfortunately the book doesn't live up to all of the expectations I had for itHugh Kennedy admirably tries to tell the history of the Abbasids in as a story but fails to achieve the level of storytelling success that one might find in a book like Destiny Disrupted A History of the World through Islamic Eyes by Tamim Ansary His biggest problem with his story format is that 1 it's inconsistent and 2 it switches without notice between storytelling and history lecture in an abrupt manner that doesn't flow well I have a bit of a love hate relationship with his writing style He seems to desperately want to share this history as a story but fails to do so in a consistently cohesive and logical way It seems like he often presents the most dramaticentertainingshocking story first as if that IS what happened but then all of the sudden cuts it off and tells you that's just one possibility and another source says x y z I would have really preferred if he could have told the story that facts confirm and then add in the miscellaneous possibilities as to what else may have occurred It was kind of like reading this is what happened or is it? over and over againI loved the stories he did tell I hated hearing once again that it was only one of several possibilities I think the stories he did tell were perhaps how he'd like to imagine history having occurred and that by telling that story he puts his opinion first in your mind while marginally acknowledging the other possibilities so he doesn't lose credibility This way you're likely to remember the interesting story as opposed to the other possibilities which are presented as dry facts or secondary considerations Aside from that I really enjoyed most of the content and I loved reading about Harun Al RashidThe Harem and Abbassid court culture Unfortunately this particular look at court culture contains essentially no information about dancers as part of the court or general culture There are some images in the middle of the book including one from Samarra depicting two dancing girls pouring wine It is part of a small fragment of the murals which decorated the palace Clearly dance was present in court culture but despite even including an image there is no real information about dance in any form It does talk uite a bit about poets and makes some mentions of Musicians though We can make some guesses about the possible place of dance in court culture based on the information about musicians and possibly slaves but the author made no attempt to mention anything about danceAlthough the beginning has a lot of problems with the switching between storyteller and historian writing style the later chapters don't do this as much Instead the majority switches to dry history The information is interesting but harder to follow and keep interested in However there are occasional small instances like this throughout the booksAnother issue I had with the book is that although the author of the book is supposed to be neutral to religion but several comments and assertions of the authors opinions seemed to be rather biased against Islam This gives me reservations about how he perceives the historic events Considering he presents certain versions of possible history as being his story arc is it because these are products of his bias or is it historically the most viable? I don't knowMy other issue with the book is the way that it's divided into chapters Some books like Women Men and Eunuchs Gender in Byzantium can take a separate approach to a historical time period and work this is because the scope of each chapter is very specific in what it covers there is little to no overlap in other chapters and there is generally not much repeated Kennedey's work however attempts to separate while weaving together in a story and it doesn't work well It's a bit like reading a novel out of order randomly selecting which chapter you will read It's a disjointed experience and you have to jump from one person to another and one topic to another constantly to re situate yourself in the context of what's happening I wonder if he wouldn't have been better off using a bit of a chronological progression throughout the book in which he could have incorporated each of the elements he tried to separate It might have made it easier for the reader to compare military architectural and cultural differences between all the different caliphs while also moving forward in a logical and story like progressionI would still recommend this for people looking to learn about the Abbasid Caliphs which is mostly what the book ends up talking about but most other uestions about court culture or how people lived their daily lives go largely unanswered Be aware that parts are going to uickly switch from a story to history in a split second and that jolting experience as a reader can be a problem with moving forward in the book I do think there is a lot of good information and it is relatively accessible to the average reader assuming you like reading history and are used to reading in that genre It does help to examine the history and successions of the Abbasid Caliphs and tells some of the stories that make them seem like human beings as opposed to just some distant historical figures


  2. says:

    Ancient Baghdad has been lost to the modern world Cairo and Istanbul moved on while Bukhara and Isfahan stood still but the walls of the Round City were erased from earth and memory by Hulagu Khan and the Mongols in 1258 If you wish to travel to the world of the Abbasid caliphate you will need to do so in your imagination Sadly there are few recent books in English to help transport you thereHugh Kennedy is Professor of Arabic at SOAS University of London He completed his PhD in 1978 on the early Abbasid Caliphate and is ualified to provide the necessary time machine Writing many standard textbooks on the Islamic conuests Kennedy has turned to popular history In this book the narrative doesn't develop momentum and his style wavers between encyclopedia entry and medieval tabloidThe majority of the material for the period is​ drawn from al Tabari an Abbasid court compiler of Islamic history This is largely unavoidable as he is often the earliest or only available source Kennedy presents the chronicles in modern prose and adds his analysis of events It is not a bad premise for a popular history given the lack of accessible material but it lacks adeuate interpretationInterspersed with the narrative account are topical chapters on poetry geography architecture and court life These essays seem a bit disjointed from the main body of the work and sometimes the earlier storyline returns unexpectedly While it is possible to learn a lot from this book it could be better organized and insightful On the positive side the writing is readable and the period is important


  3. says:

    Somewhat interesting if a little dry at times Admittedly I picked this up because 1 it was on sale and 2 my knowledge of this time period and geography was based exclusively on Disney's Aladdin In a period of about 200 years from around the mid 700 ADs to the mid 900s the Muslim community ranging from Egypt in the west to the Himalayas in the east united under the Abbasid caliphate in an attempt to directly carry on the mission of the Prophet Muhammad The eastern territories comprised of modern day Afghanistan Kazakhstan etc were marked by mysterious and somewhat isolated civilizations living on a bleak and war torn landscape which of course is in great contrast to today where the area contains mysterious and isolated civilizations living on a bleak and war torn landscape It began with good intentions and at the caliphate's peak Baghdad was a thriving cultural economic and scientific capital In fact there plenty of magnificent palaces and shadowy thin bearded figures named Jafar Ever the philosophers one caliph ordered a validation of the Greek observation that the earth was a globe measuring 24000 miles in circumference A team of palace scientists measured the location of the pole star then walked in a straight line with a rope until the pole star had descended one degree For those of you unfamiliar with global geometry this is a distance of 66 and 23 miles To be sure they replicated the experiment in the other direction walking until they ran out of rope used the first time They stopped there and measured again the pole star had ascended one degree The Greeks were right and the western world wouldn't catch up for another 600 yearsEventually though spending would get out of control and a Turkish military coup combined with the destruction of fertile Mesopotamian farmland would spell the end of dynasties based in that area going back to 3000 BCRecommend to serious history nerds Don't expect to be entertained


  4. says:

    A number of people have commented that they found this a difficult read as the narrative jumps around rather than taking a smooth chronological flow and that sometimes information seems to be repeated I found myself agreeing at first until I got used to the style in which the historical narrative is alternated with chapters looking at aspects of Abbasid court life in which events are referenced but not necessarily explained in context until the following chapter Once I worked this out I went with the flow and really enjoyed the book as I fully expected to being a big fan of Hugh Kennedy's other worksIt has all the ingredients of a cracking read perhaps in a slightly idiosyncratic order but it does what it says on the tin The book provides a detailed narrative of the golden age of Abbasid rule from the overthrow of the Umayyads until the point in the late 9th Century at which the caliphs were reduced to figureheads by their Turkish soldiery It is a colourful account filled with incident and anecdote and extensive uotes from the contemporary sources which give a good flavour of the personalities of some of the caliphs courtiers and hangers on of the period Above all it brings home the obscene luxury and callous brutality of the caliphal court and the shear precariousness of existence Whether a prince a bureaucrat or a poet on the make the Abbasid court offered the opportunity for a meteoric rise to wealth and power and an eually meteoric plummet to torture disgrace and death when the wheel of fortune turned All of which is hugely entertaining stuff


  5. says:

    Although the book contained rich information I found it poorly organised repetitive incoherent at times and lacked proper historical analysis I understand the writer wants to reach out to laypersons by narrating The Abbasid era in a storytelling format but only manages to make it dull and dry I felt the writer spent too much time on personal tales corruption betrayal and scandalsthough some are shocking and interesting at the same timeI expected on geo politics and social analysisIt falls a shot by miles in my opinion and I didn't enjoy much except for some personal tales and gruesome politics This may a good starting book for learning The Abbasid Era If you are little or vaguely familiar with this period of history I recommend you skip this book


  6. says:

    Suffers from certain organizational problems; the chapters don't seem to exist on the same level of specificity and often repeat or reiterate information without acknowledging that it was already given There is also little in the way of an overarching introduction so many caliphs appear without context and before we've been told who they are In short it seems like a series of very loosely connected essays intended for someone without at least some familiarity with the subject Not particularly compelling for me as a layperson looking for an introduction to the subject


  7. says:

    Admirable scope and detail recounting the history of the Abbasid Caliphate from its founding in the mid 700s to the Anarchy at Samarra in the late 800s and exploring not just politics but culture too in the form of court poetry and the lives of women The structure was somewhat disjointed moving back and forth in the chronology which felt strange for a supposedly narrative history and often the book summarized events rather than analyzed their larger significance Still like all of Hugh Kennedy's pop histories this one provides a good overview of a lesser known era


  8. says:

    This is a very informative but dense book I'm not a slouch at keeping track of names but I was constantly consulting the family tree to figure out where in time we were It is much a political history than a social history although I was glad for the chapters that did touch on what life was like


  9. says:

    A nice departure from the traditional textbook style history book A good way to read up on an important period in Muslim and world history you remember it because it's told like a story Also very factually on top of its game


  10. says:

    Interesting stories of court life during the Abbasid Caliphate The book is poorly organized jumping around chronologically and spitting events up between chapters I enjoyed it but can't recommend it