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Caliphs and Merchants: Cities and Economies of Power in the Near East (700-950)

Fanny Bessard

Abstract

Caliphs and Merchants: Cities and Economies of Power in the Near East (700–950) offers fresh perspectives on the origins of the economic success of the early Islamic caliphate, identifying a number of previously unnoticed or underplayed yet crucial developments, such as the changing conditions of labour, attitudes towards professional associations, and the interplay between the state, Islamic religious institutions, and the economy. Moving beyond the well-studied transition between the death of Justinian in 565 and the Arab-Muslim conquests in the seventh century, Caliphs and Merchants focuses ... More

Keywords: Near East, economy, cities, Greater Syria, Iraq, Central Asia, medieval, late antiquity, Islam, merchants, caliphs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198855828
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198855828.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fanny Bessard, author
Associate Professor in Medieval Eurasian History, Faculty of History, University of Oxford and Trinity College, Oxford