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Title: The Buwayhid Dynasty in Iraq, 334H./945 to 403H./1012: Shaping Institutions for the Future
Author: Donohue, John J
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2003
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004128606
Volumes: 1; Pages: xviii, 382
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A study of the development of political and social institutions in Baghdad, center of the Abbasid Caliphate, in that neglected period between Abbasid collapse and the coming of the Seljuk Turks. Three brothers, Daylemite mercenaries from the southern Caspian succeeded in establishing a dynasty that lasted nearly a century, controlling Iraq, a good part of Iran and the Gulf. The period has been labled the "Iranian intermezzo" but careful examination shows that the dynasty shaped the basic institutions to which the Seljuks would fall heir: the chief amirate, the system of army fiefs and the bureaucracy. It was a period of profound change and dislocation which fostered an open and creative cultural atmosphere. The Caliphate, bereft of power, was re-established as the center of authority and legitimation.Readership: All those interested in the development of institutions in the late Abbasid period and the social composition of Iraq in the tenth century.John J. Donohue, Ph.D. (1966) in Arabic History, Harvard University, is Professor at St. Joseph University, Beirut, Director of the Center for the study of the Modern Arab World (CEMAM). He co-authored with John Esposito Islam in Transition (1982).