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Court of the Caliphs: The Rise and Fall of Islam's Greatest Dynasty (original: 2004; edição: 2004)
de Hugh Kennedy
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When Baghdad Ruled the Muslim World: The Rise and Fall of Islam's Greatest Dynasty de Hugh Kennedy (2004)
From a rebellion planned in a remote desert town to the founding of Baghdad in AD 762, the rule of the Abbasid dynasty was looked back on as the golden era of the Islamic Conquest. The Caliphs formed the model for succeeding muslim regimes. From military conquests to patronizing poetry, building palaces, and the formal structure of the court - harems, viziers, eunuchs and the tales of the Arabian Nights - the Abbasid caliphate offered a historical ideal for later empires and their rulers to aspire to. Yet the true story of this fascinating empire has been forgotten outside the academic world. And it deserves to be rescued: it is an epic story in every sense, with larger-than-life rulers, exotic slave girls, inventive tortures, and enough court intrigue to frighten a Borgia.
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