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Title: Armies of the Caliphs: Military and Society in the Early Islamic State
Author: Kennedy, Hugh
Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 2001
Paperback; ISBN: 9780415250931
Volumes: 1; Pages: 304
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During the Medieval period, the Middle East was a battleground in which the Umayyad and the Abbasids Caliphs fought for dominance of an empire that stretched from Spain to the borders of India. The Armies of the Caliphs is the first major study of the relationship between army and society in the early Islamic period, and reveals the pivotal role of the military in politics.
Over the key period of 600-945, the Muslims developed a salaried, semi-professional army, dependent on the state for its livelihood. In this extraordinary survey, Kennedy shows how the army began to influence and eventually dominate the political system, and reflects on how the involvement of the military in Middle Eastern politics today has its origins in this period.
Through an examination of recruitment, payment, weaponry and fortifications in the armies, The Armies of the Caliphs offers the most comprehensive view to date of how the early Muslim Empire grew to control so many people. Using Arabic chronicles, surviving documents, and archaeological evidence, this book analyzes the military and the face of battle, and offers a timely reassesment of the early Islamic State.
"This is an extremely rich and original book. It forces a reassessment of the early Islamic conquests from standpoints that have hitherto been totally ignored or undervalued."--Professor Carole Hillenbrand, University of Edinburgh
"Definitely a contribution to military history generally as well as that of the early Islamic period, this volume is recommended for undergraduates and above."--Choice. June 2002.
Table of Contents
The Conquest and After
The Armies of the Mariwanid Period
The Payment of the Military
Early Abbasid Warfare
The Armies of Samarra
The Last Armies of Caliphs
Fortifications and Siege Warfare