The Breaking of a Thousand Swords: A History of the Turkish Military of Samarra (A.H. 200-275/815-889 C.E.)
Gordon (history, Miami U., Ohio) considers the encounter of the Samarran Turks as rough, non-Muslim outsiders, with the sedentary, urbane world of Baghdad; their closely related encounter with the Islamic tradition in its urban, scholarly guise; their settlement first in Baghdad and then in Samarra through the use of land grants and appointments to office; the impact on the affairs of the Turkish community of a military ranking and socio-political hierarchy; the construction by their elite of an elaborate network of patronage and support both within urban Iraq and through Egypt and other provinces, and the emergence and impact of factionalism within the community. He includes maps ranging from cities to the whole region, and a family tree. Annotation copyrighted by Book News Inc., Portland, OR
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