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The Governors of al-Shām and Fārs in the Early Islamic Empire – A Comparative Regional Perspective

Simon Gundelfinger and Peter Verkinderen

Abstract

This paper compares patterns of gubernatorial appointments in early Islamic al-Shām and Fārs until the reign of al-Muʿtamid. The provincial, subprovincial and super-provincial governors it identifies are listed in the attached appendix. By examining their backgrounds, the paper locates appointment patterns. Finally, the patterns in both provinces are compared and their divergence interpreted as an indication of an imperial strategy adapted to local circumstances.

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