Journals Higher Education



Published: 27 December 2020

400 Pages | 106 black-and-white and colour illustrations and 3 maps

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780198855828

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Caliphs and Merchants

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

Fanny Bessard

Oxford Studies in Byzantium

  • Offers the first in-depth examination of the evolution of Near Eastern cities and their economies after the rise of Islam
  • Provides a significant new interpretation of the interplay between caliphs, merchants, and the religious authorities from 700 to 950
  • Combines detailed analysis of literary sources in Arabic, archaeological evidence from the author's own excavations in the Near East and Central Asia, and work on unpublished archives from Syria and Jordan
  • Utilizes a comparative approach setting the early Islamic urban economies in the Near East in a Eurasian context