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In this accessibly written history, Amira K. Bennison contradicts the common assumption that Islam somehow interrupted the smooth flow of Western civilization from its Graeco-Roman origins to its more recent European and American manifestations. Instead, she places Islamic civilization in the longer trajectory of Mediterranean civilizations and sees the ‘Abbasid Empire (75In this accessibly written history, Amira K. Bennison contradicts the common assumption that Islam somehow interrupted the smooth flow of Western civilization from its Graeco-Roman origins to its more recent European and American manifestations. Instead, she places Islamic civilization in the longer trajectory of Mediterranean civilizations and sees the ‘Abbasid Empire (750–1258 CE) as the inheritor and interpreter of Graeco-Roman traditions.At its zenith the ‘Abbasid caliphate stretched over the entire Middle East and part of North Africa, and influenced Islamic regimes as far west as Spain. Bennison’s examination of the politics, society, and culture of the ‘Abbasid period presents a picture of a society that nurtured many of the “civilized” values that Western civilization claims to represent, albeit in different premodern forms: from urban planning and international trade networks to religious pluralism and academic research. Bennison’s argument counters the common Western view of Muslim culture as alien and offers a new perspective on the relationship between Western and Islamic cultures....

Title : The Great Caliphs: The Golden Age of the 'Abbasid Empire
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ISBN : 9780300167986
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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The Great Caliphs: The Golden Age of the 'Abbasid Empire Reviews

  • Barnaby Thieme
    2018-11-23 14:33

    Bennison's study of the 'Abbasid Caliphate is a useful survey of the history and culture of one of the great periods of the Islamic world. She offers an admirable if conventional account of the various peoples, events, and ideas that shaped this pivotal moment in world history. My favorite parts were the early sections focusing directly on historical events, and some of the later discussions dragged a bit. The book was marred somewhat by Bennison's obvious tendency to read Muslim history in the best possible light at every occasion. One can certainly understand why a specialist in this area working in these times would feel defensive, but here we are, reading this book, after all. Her actual audience probably doesn't need common disclaimers to the effect of "If you think what the Muslims were doing in these times was bad, you should see what the Christians down the way were doing." The tone is at times somewhat didactic, and I ultimately had no choice but to question her objectivity. The book concludes with the observation that "all those who insist upon the irreconcilable division between the 'West' and 'Islam' would do well to step down from their soap boxes to read a little history." I should say the author might have stepped down from her soap box to write a little.

  • Nazmul Hasan
    2018-11-20 10:08

    Incredible book covering a vast swath of Islamic and intellectual history.It is tough to shove all that in into 200 pages but Bennison does adequately.While it's not ground breaking in anyway, it is a must read for any wishing tounderstand the cultural and the political innovation of the Abbasids, the jewelof Islamic dynasties.

  • Omar Amer
    2018-12-03 11:10

    A great introduction into the Abbasid empire, Amira dispels many negative stereotypes which is all too common in 'Western' literature. Amira starts right from the Prophet Muhammad's death (peace be upon him) right the way to the fall of Islamic Iberia and the European renaissance in little over 200 pages.I highly recommend this book as a general read for those interested in early Islamic civilisation.

  • John Daly
    2018-11-16 08:35

    Short book that reminds us that the Caliphate in its Golden Age (mid 7th to mid 13th centuries) helped save the knowledge of the ancient world, added to it, and left a heritage people all over the world enjoy today. I wished I knew more when I read the book, in order to learn more from it. Still, this short book told me a lot about something important.Here is my review of the book: http://j.mp/1ACY3bAHere is the discussion of the book by my book club: http://j.mp/19l0cmT

  • AskHistorians
    2018-11-24 11:11

    A more modern survey of the 'Abbasid period which is extremely useful for discussing not only the reign of the Caliphs, but the great developments that the Islamic world underwent during this "golden age" of Islamic endeavor (science, philosophy, history, law, etc) Extremely readable and highly recommended.

  • Zeeshan Javed
    2018-12-03 12:35

    Great book to read. Tells you more about mistakes and to have experience where things went really wrong.

  • Badrul Aini Sha'ari
    2018-12-12 12:22

    Pening kepala baca pergolakan demi pergolakan yang berlaku selepas satu demi satu dinasti bertukar tangan sesama Muslim.