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Der Islam

Journal of the History and Culture of the Middle East

Ed. by Heidemann, Stefan / Hagen, Gottfried / Kaplony, Andreas / Matthee, Rudi

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Volume 95, Issue 2


The Arab Conquest of Bukhārā: Reconsidering Qutayba b. Muslim’s Campaigns 87‒90 H/706‒709 CE

Sören Stark
Published Online: 2018-11-09 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/islam-2018-0027


This paper reconsiders the existing accounts of Qutayba b. Muslim’s campaigns in Bukhārā in the context of the region’s historical topography. It proposes a new yet more coherent reconstruction of the course of events during these campaigns. The resulting new narrative highlights how difficult this first step of the conquest of Mā warāʾ-al-nahr was for the Arab armies.

Keywords: Qutayba b. Muslim; Khurāsān; Sogdiana; Bukhārā; Mā warāʾ-al-nahr; Arab Conquest

Article note: I would like to thank Kyle Brunner, Robert Hoyland, Alireza Khounani, Aleksandr Naymark, and two anonymous reviewers for valuable comments and suggestions. Needless to say, all mistakes and inaccuracies are my own.

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Published Online: 2018-11-09

Published in Print: 2018-11-08

Citation Information: Der Islam, Volume 95, Issue 2, Pages 367–400, ISSN (Online) 1613-0928, ISSN (Print) 0021-1818, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/islam-2018-0027.

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