The Buwayhid Dynasty in Iraq 334h., 945 to 403h., 1012: Shaping Institutions for the Future

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BRILL, 2003 - History - 381 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Amirate
13
The Vizierate and the Bureaucracy
131
The Army
192
Provincial Government
211
Land Administration
229
The Caliphate
262
ReligioPolitical Institutions Judges
288
Social Organization
315
Conclusion
347
The Sources
355
Index of Subjects
367
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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).

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