Historical Topography of Samarra

Edition: 2nd
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2008-10-30
Publisher(s): David Brown Book Co
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This is the first fundamentally new work to come out in half a century on one of the world's most famous Islamic archaeological sites: Samarra, in Iraq. This capital of the Abbasid caliphs in the 9th century is not only one of the largest urban sites worldwide, but also gives us the essence of what the physical appearance of the caliphate was like, for early Baghdad is long lost. Northedge sets out to explain the history and development of this enormous site, 45 km long, using both archaeological and textual sources to weave a new interpretation of how the city worked: its four caliphal palaces, four Friday mosques, cantonments for the military and for the palace servants, houses for the men of state and generals.

Table of Contents

List of tables
List of figures
Introductionp. 19
Sources and methodsp. 27
The regional environmentp. 35
Samarra before the Abbasid periodp. 43
Al-Qadisiyya and the cities of the Qatulp. 81
Surra Man Ra'a : the city of al-Mu'tasimp. 97
The Dar al-Khilafap. 133
Al-Hayrp. 151
The military cantonmentsp. 167
The palaces of al-Mutawakkilp. 195
Al-Jaf'fari and al-Mutawakkiliyyap. 211
Al-Haruni and the west bank of the Tigrisp. 225
The end of Abbasid Samarra : Samarra in the medieval and modern periodsp. 239
Samarra, Baghdad and other Islamic citiesp. 247
Bibliographyp. 261
Al-Ya'qubi's description of Samarra in the Kitab al-Buldanp. 267
The description of Samarra by Ibn al-Faqih al-Hamadhanip. 274
Toponyms at Samarra known from textsp. 276
Glossary of Arabic termsp. 359
Source of figuresp. 363
Photographic creditsp. 365
Indexp. 367
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