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Harun Al-Rashid : and the World of the Thousand and One Nights - Andre Clot

Harun Al-Rashid

and the World of the Thousand and One Nights

By: Andre Clot, John Howe (Translator)

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Known in the West as a cultural patron and as the ruler who sent exotic gifts to Charlemagne, Harun al-Rashid was also a soldier who waged war against the Byzantine empire, and a politician who often dealt ruthlessly with the religious and social revolts which threatened his far-flung kingdom. A symbol of the fabled Orient and the caliph portrayed in "The Thousand and One Nights," he is shown living grandly in his palace in Baghdad, surrounded by his wives, concubines, musicians and learned men, but is not merely a legendary figure. He was the son of a Yemenite slave who carved a path to power, very probably by poisoning the reigning caliph, her elder son. Harun reigned for a quarter of a century, and was the most famous caliph of the Abbasid dynasty. Through Arab chronicles, the author corrects our vision of 'Harun the Good', and gives a remarkable account of his development as a ruler of an empire that was shaken by religious and social insurrections.

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The Horsemen of Allahp. 9
Youth and Splendour of the Well-Guided Onep. 33
First Shadows on the State of Gracep. 59
The Difficult Yearsp. 71
Harun and the Outside Worldp. 97
Death in Khorasanp. 135
Baghdadp. 151
The Economic Miraclep. 181
A Thirst for Knowledgep. 207
From the Well-Guided to the Magnificentp. 223
Notesp. 229
Messianic Movementsp. 243
Samarrap. 245
Hunting with the Caliphp. 248
Harun al-Rashid and Charlemagnep. 250
The Table in Harun al-Rashid's Centuryp. 252
Chronology, AD 570-1543p. 255
Indexp. 259
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ISBN: 9780863565502
ISBN-10: 0863565506
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 21st April 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.93 x 16.41  x 1.96
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised