BASTARD OF BAGHDAD

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Xlibris Corporation, Oct 23, 2008 - Fiction - 215 pages
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Around the end of the eight century anno domini, Baghdad was the ‘Camelot’ of the Muslim world. It had quickly expanded beyond its first walls and stretched on both sides of the Tigris River. The early historians believed more than a million people would be considered ‘Baghdadis’. The wharves allegedly stretched for miles along the Tigris. Exotic goods came in from all parts of the known world. The Caliphate extended from Spain and the Mahgreb in the West and India abd Samarkand in the East. Only the two deserts, the Gobi and the Takla Makan, stopped the Muslim empire from expanding farther into China.

Yet like all Camelots, there were problems. The original Arab settlers resented the cultured Persians and it showed in their resentment of the Barmacides who influenced the early caliphs, in particular Harun Al-Rashid. He comes to us by way of the fabulous ‘Arabian Nights’ stories. In reality, two historians, Al-Tabari and Masudi have left us accounts of that period. Along with cultural differences, there were also religious problems. Not all Muslims agreed on interpretation nor on various ‘holy imams.’ So the caliphs had to persuade or dissuade segments of the population. The goddess of discord was definitely an influence during these eras.

 

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Contents

Section 1
5
Section 2
7
Section 3
11
Section 4
22
Section 5
32
Section 6
43
Section 7
50
Section 8
65
Section 12
111
Section 13
123
Section 14
134
Section 15
145
Section 16
150
Section 17
162
Section 18
173
Section 19
181

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 20
195
Section 21
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MARINE 4 YEARS 1945 - 1948, OKINAWA AND CHINA GRADUATE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA. ECONOMICS MAJOR ADVANCED DEGREES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, HISTORY LIVED IN FRANCE FOR ELEVEN YEARS IN A RENOVATED FARMHOUSE TAUGHT ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL HISTORY TAUGHT RUSSIAN TRAVELED VIA CHINA AND KASHGAR TO EGYPT AND ABU SIMBEL PROWLED IN PERSIA, IRAQ, JORDAN, ISRAEL, ARABIA LIVE ON A GOLF COURSE - FORE!

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