By Monique Bernards
Quickly after their winning revolution in 750 advert, the Abbāsids supplanted the Umayyad dynasty, outfitted the recent urban of Baghdad, Iraq which turned the capital of the Islamic Empire. The civilization that the Abbāsids helped to create carried forth the torch of information lit by way of old Greece, Rome, Byzantium, and Persia. including lots of their very own particular contributions, the Abbāsid dynasty left an indelible mark at the heritage of humankind.
This present collection of ʿAbbāsid experiences provides a colorful mosaic of latest learn into classical Arabic texts that sheds mild on major ancient, political, cultural and spiritual features of the ʿAbbāsid period and offers perception into how the basics of philology are formed. impressive vistas of historic desires open up whereas ʿAbbāsid armies clatter and collide; photos are conjured of murderous caliphs, overseas taking a look littérateurs and speaking items. We see a full of life self...
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He also identified him as an intimate of the caliph al-Muʿtamid (r. 23 For this survey of Oriental geography, Reinaud directly consulted the Bodleian manuscript of the Masālik and published a French translation of a short extract, which treated the respective itineraries of Jewish and Rūs merchants. 24 Building upon this broad historical framework of Arabic geographical literature, the Austrian Orientalist Aloys Sprenger (d. 25 Sprenger considered Ibn Khurradādhbih the ‘grandfather’ of the Arabic geographical tradition.
The last three contributions are devoted to politically oriented historical studies. First, John Turner takes us back to al-Wāthiq (d. 232/847), as the reader will recall, the caliph who encouraged Ibn Khurradādhbih to embark on the project that resulted in the first Arabic geography, al-Masālik wa-l-mamālik. Turner interprets the intellectual curiosity of al-Wāthiq as a means for enhancing his politico-religious authority and he shows the other side, the murderous face, of this cerebral caliph who could also be brawny.
The Vienna recension proved invaluable for de Goeje’s reconstruction of the ʿAbbāsid adventure. 48 However, the general outline detailed in this article anticipated how de Goeje would treat the significance of de Landberg’s find. In the following year, de Goeje published a thoroughly revised version of Ibn Khurradādhbih’s Masālik, using the Vienna copy as the base text for what he presented as a critical edition, issued as the sixth volume in his series on Arabic geography. The text was accompanied by a French translation, which he undertook with the collaboration of de Meynard.
Abbasid Studies IV by Monique Bernards