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Medieval Central Asia and the Persianate World : Iranian Tradition and Islamic Civilisation (Hardcover)

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From the political dissolution of the Abb?sid Caliphate in the mid-ninth century to the beginning of the thirteenth century, the Persianate dynasties of Islamic Central Asia constituted the political and military stronghold of Sunni Islam. It was in this region, historically known as Khurasan and Transoxiana, that many of the important religious and cultural developments of Islamic civilisation took place. The region first gave rise to the Abbasid Revolution, provided the troops for its success, and supplied the military slaves and auxiliaries that led to its political dissolution. From the second part of the ninth century, the Sunni Persianate dynasties formed the mainstay of Islamic military might for the ensuing 400 years over the Islamic heartland, from India to Egypt. The period was also characterized by the cultural dominance of the Persian-speaking court, bringing about the acceptance of classical Persian as the second primary Islamic language of high culture. It produced the writing of many of Islamic civilization’s greatest works of poetry, philosophy, biography, history, belles-lettres, and religion, in both Arabic and Persian. This volume explores the origins and nature of this cultural and political florescence, and to shed light on one of the most formative yet unexplored eras of Islamic history.
Number of Pages: 228
Genre: History
Sub-Genre: Asia / Central Asia, Medieval
Series Title: I.b. Tauris & Bips Persian Studies
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Tauris Academic Studies
Language: English
Street Date: November 30, 2015
TCIN: 50099542
UPC: 9781784532390
Item Number (DPCI): 248-00-1506
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