Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 February 2020

224 Pages

6.14 x 9.21 inches

ISBN: 9781474423212

Bookseller Code (06)

Conquered Populations in Early Islam

Non-Arabs, Slaves and the Sons of Slave Mothers

Elizabeth Urban

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Edinburgh Studies in Classical Islamic History and Culture

  • Brings together three separate groups (freedmen, slave women and the children of enslaved mothers) as parts of the same prism of unfreedom
  • Recovers enslaved women's voices and treats them as important agents of historical change
  • Combines close textual analysis with large-scale demographic study to provide multiple levels of understanding
  • Explores the transformation of Islam from a small piety movement to an imperial doctrine upholding the distinction between conquerors and conquered
  • Challenges simplistic notions of ethnicity and shows the categories of 'Arab' and 'non-Arab' are historically contingent