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Author Kennedy, Hugh (Hugh N.), author

Title Caliphate : the history of an idea / Hugh Kennedy
Edition First edition
Published New York : Basic Books, 2016


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 W'PONDS  909.09767 Ken/Cth  AVAILABLE
Description xxiii, 309 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Contents The first caliphs -- The executive caliphate: the rule of the Umayyads -- The early Abbasid Caliphate -- The culture of the Abbasid Caliphate -- The later Abbasid Caliphate -- Three authors in search of the caliphate -- The caliphate of the Shi'ites -- The Umayyads of Co⁺ѓrdoba -- The Almohad caliphs -- The caliphate under the Mamluks and Ottomans -- The twentieth century and beyond
Summary "Islamic historian Hugh Kennedy dissects the idea of the caliphate and its history, and explores how it became used and abused today. Contrary to popular belief, there is no one enduring definition of a caliph; rather, the idea of the caliph has been the subject of constant debate and transformation over time. Kennedy offers a grand history of the caliphate since the beginning of Islam to its modern incarnations. Originating in the tumultuous years following the death of Mohammad in 632, the caliphate, a politico-religious system, flourished in the great days of the Umayyads of Damascus and the Abbasids of Baghdad. From the seventh-century Orthodox caliphs to the nineteenth-century Ottomans, Kennedy explores the tolerant rule of Umar; recounts the traumatic murder of the caliph Uthman, dubbed a tyrant by many; and revels in the flourishing arts of the golden eras of Abbasid Baghdad and Moorish Andaluci⁺ѓa. Kennedy also examines the modern fate of the caliphate, unraveling the British political schemes to spur dissent against the Ottomans and the ominous efforts of Islamists, including ISIS, to reinvent the history of the caliphate for their own malevolent political ends. In exploring and explaining the great variety of caliphs who have ruled throughout the ages, Kennedy challenges the very narrow views of the caliphate propagated by extremist groups today. An authoritative new account of the dynasties of Arab leaders throughout the Islamic Golden Age, Caliphate traces the history--and misappropriations--of one of the world's most potent political ideas."--Dust jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-293) and index
Subject Caliphate -- History.
Caliphs -- History.
Islamic Empire -- History -- 622-661.
Islamic Empire -- History -- 661-750.
Islamic Empire -- History -- 750-1258.
Islamic Empire -- Kings and rulers.
Genre/Form History.
LC no. 2016029769
ISBN 9780465094387 (hardcover)