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Transregional and Regional Elites

Connecting the Early Islamic Empire

Ed. by Hagemann, Hannah-Lena / Heidemann, Stefan

Series:Studies in the History and Culture of the Middle East 36

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    January 2020
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    Aims and Scope

    To integrate the regions of the early Islamic Empire from Central Asia to North Africa, transregional and regional elites of various backgrounds were essential. This volume is an important contribution to the conceptualization of the largest empire of Late Antiquity.

    After a theoretical introduction to the concept of ‘elites’ in an early Islamic context, the papers focus on elite structures and networks within selected regions of the Empire (Transoxiana, Khurāsān, Armenia, Fārs, Iraq, al-Jazīra, Syria, Egypt, and Ifrīqiya). They analyze elite groups across social, religious, geographical, and professional boundaries. Some papers take up contemporary terminology and its application within the sources.

    While previous studies used Iraq as the paradigm for the entire empire, this volume looks at diverse regions instead. While each region seems to be different based on its heterogeneous surviving sources, its physical geography, and its indigenous population and elites, the comparative approach highlights certain common patterns of governance and interaction across the Empire in its first three centuries.


    23.0 x 15.5 cm
    Approx. 300 pages
    1 Fig. 37 Tables
    Type of Publication:
    Elites; Early Islamic History; Umayyads; Abbasids

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    Hannah-Lena Hagemann und Stefan Heidemann, University of Hamburg, Germany.

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