The reign of al-Muqtadir (295-320/908-32) is a crucial epoch in Abbasid history. Here, four scholars question the picture of decline attached to this period, exploring the formal and informal power relationships that shaped politics at the court of this caliph.Über den Autor:
Maaike van Berkel, Ph.D. (Amsterdam, 2003) is Associate Professor of Medieval History at the University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses on communication, court and urban history in the medieval Middle Eastern world. Nadia Maria El Cheikh is Professor of History at the American University of Beirut. Her book, Byzantium Viewed by the Arabs, was published in 2004. Her other main areas of research are gender history and court history in the Abbasid period. Hugh Kennedy studied for his MA and Ph.D. at Cambridge and taught at the University of St Andrews from 1972 to 2007, becoming Professor of Middle Eastern History. From 2007 he has been Professor of Arabic at SOAS, University of London. Letizia Osti, Ph.D. (St Andrews, 2002) is Ricercatore in Lingua e Letteratura Araba at the University of Milan. Her work focuses on classical Arabic prose and narrative techniques in biographical collections, historiography, literature and intersections thereof.
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