Islamic History Through Coins: An Analysis and Catalogue of Tenth-century Ikhshidid Coinage
Islamic History through Coins has become the standard reference for Islamic coinage struck by the Ikhshidid rulers of Egypt and Palestine (935-69). The second edition not only corrects minor errors in the first edition but adds data on more than three hundred new specimens, including a half-dozen coin types not identified in the first edition. The new specimens include two examples struck with the mint name Mecca and a gold issue associated with the famous eunuch Kafur, two years before he became sole ruler of Egypt. As noted in a number of very positive reviews, the value of this book is that it serves two distinct audiences successfully. While the first part of the book is considered the best introduction to the study of Islamic coinage available in English and serves the needs of students, faculty, collectors and dealers who are seeking a place to start their possible study of Islamic numismatics, the second half is a catalogue of more than 1,500 specimens, enabling curators, collectors, and dealers to identify coins and their relative rarity. The early chapters, which are heavily illustrated, demonstrate how numismatic evidence can be used to enhance our understanding of this period of Islamic rule. For example, the coinage reveals the hierarchy of parts of the names used by the Ikhshidid rulers, which cannot be found in narrative texts, and the retention of a pre-Islamic artistic memory of their Central Asian origins unknown until this study of their coinage.
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Tables Selected Dynasties and Their Catalogued Coinage
Parts of a Muslim Name
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Abbasid caliph Abbasid monetary epoch Abu'-l-Qasim al-Hasan al-Ma'mun al-Mustakfi al-Muti al-Muti'/Abu'-l-Qasim 04 Rll al-Muti'/Abu'-l-Qasim OA al-Muttaqi al-Muttaqi/al-Ikhshid 02 R3 al-Radi al-Radi 0l Rl Aleppo Arabic Ashmolean Assiout Bacharach Baghdad Bajkam Balog Assiout Bates Bikhazi Buyid Byzantine Cairo copper coins Damascus dinars and dirhams dynasty Egypt and Palestine Egyptian Fadi Fahmi Fatimid Filastin flan Fustat gold coins human representation Ibid ibn al-Ikhshid Ibn Taghri Birdi ibn Tughj al-Ikhshid Ikhshidid coins Ikhshidid dynasty included inscribed inscriptions Islamic Coins Islamic numismatics isolated letters issues Kafur Khalili Khed khutba kunya laqab laqab al-Ikhshid Lavoix layout London Private medieval minted Misr Misr al-Muti Misr al-Radi Muhammad ibn Tughj Munzel Museum Muslim numismatic evidence Obverse Reverse presentation pieces Qarmatians Qatar Ramla regular dinars Reverse Field Reverse Margin Sayf al-Dawla second Abbasid epoch second Abbasid monetary Shamma Study SICA side of Li-llah sikka SNAT specimens struck Syria Tabariya tamga Tubingen Tulunid Unujur