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The Armies of the Caliphs : Military and Society in the Early Islamic State.

By: Kennedy, Hugh.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Warfare and History: Publisher: Florence : Taylor and Francis, 2014Copyright date: ©2005Edition: 1st ed.Description: 1 online resource (253 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780203458532.Subject(s): Civil-military relations -- Islamic Empire | Islamic Empire -- History -- 622-661 | Islamic Empire -- History -- 661-750 | Islamic Empire -- History -- 750-1258 | Islamic Empire -- History, Military | Islamic Empire -- Social life and customsGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Armies of the Caliphs : Military and Society in the Early Islamic StateDDC classification: 355.00917671 LOC classification: DS35.687 -- .K46 2001Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Front Cover -- The Armies of the Caliphs -- Copyright Page -- Contents -- List of maps -- Acknowledgements -- List of abbreviations -- A note on the use of Arabic sources -- Maps -- 1 The conquests and after: Muslim armies, 11-64/632-83 -- 2 The armies of the Marwanid period, 64-132/683-750: recruitment, leadership and tactics -- 3 The payment of the military in the early Islamic state -- 4 Early 'Abbasid warfare, 132-218/750-833 -- 5 The armies of Samarra, 218-56/833-70 -- 6 The last armies of the Caliphs, 256-324/870-936 -- 7 Weapons and equipment in early Muslim armies -- 8 Fortification and siege warfare -- 9 Postscript -- Appendix 1: The origins of the shākiriya -- Appendix 2: Numbers of the 'Abbasid army in Samarra -- Glossary -- Bibliography -- Index.
Summary: The Armies of the Caliphs is the first major study of the relationship between army and society in the early Islamic period, and reveals the pivotal role of the military in politics. Through a thorough examination of recruitment, payment, weaponry and fortifications in the armies, The Armies of the Caliphs offers the most comprehensive view to date of how the early Muslim Empire grew to control so many people. Using Arabic chronicles, surviving documents, and archaeological evidence, this book analyzes the military and the face of battle, and offers a timely reassessment of the early Islamic State.
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Front Cover -- The Armies of the Caliphs -- Copyright Page -- Contents -- List of maps -- Acknowledgements -- List of abbreviations -- A note on the use of Arabic sources -- Maps -- 1 The conquests and after: Muslim armies, 11-64/632-83 -- 2 The armies of the Marwanid period, 64-132/683-750: recruitment, leadership and tactics -- 3 The payment of the military in the early Islamic state -- 4 Early 'Abbasid warfare, 132-218/750-833 -- 5 The armies of Samarra, 218-56/833-70 -- 6 The last armies of the Caliphs, 256-324/870-936 -- 7 Weapons and equipment in early Muslim armies -- 8 Fortification and siege warfare -- 9 Postscript -- Appendix 1: The origins of the shākiriya -- Appendix 2: Numbers of the 'Abbasid army in Samarra -- Glossary -- Bibliography -- Index.

The Armies of the Caliphs is the first major study of the relationship between army and society in the early Islamic period, and reveals the pivotal role of the military in politics. Through a thorough examination of recruitment, payment, weaponry and fortifications in the armies, The Armies of the Caliphs offers the most comprehensive view to date of how the early Muslim Empire grew to control so many people. Using Arabic chronicles, surviving documents, and archaeological evidence, this book analyzes the military and the face of battle, and offers a timely reassessment of the early Islamic State.

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Hailed as the first major study of the relationship between army and society in the early Islamic period, Kennedy's text examines the medieval Islamic caliphates from 600-945 CE, when the Muslims developed a salaried, semiprofessional army dependent on the state for its livelihood. Focusing on an examination of recruitment, payment, weaponry, and fortifications, Kennedy (medieval history, Univ. of St. Andrews, Scotland) offers a comprehensive view of how the early Muslim empire controlled the diverse peoples of varying ethnic backgrounds who found in Islam a common ground for a single set of loyalties. The author focuses on the early conquest, followed by the army's structure in the Marwanid period; its recruitment, leadership, and tactics; and the mode of payment in the early period. He discusses weapons and equipment as well as fortifications and siege warfare conducted by the armies. Kennedy relies heavily on Arab chroniclers, the principal known source of all information on medieval Islam. One must question his assertion that enough primary documents survived or that archaeological evidence is sufficient to support his assertion that they provide an adequate supplement to the chronicles consulted. Definitely a contribution to military history generally as well as that of the early Islamic period, this volume is recommended for undergraduates and above. C. E. Farah University of Minnesota

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