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Somewhat interesting if little dry t times Admittedly *I Picked This Up Because *picked this up because it was on sale nd 2 my knowledge of this time period nd geography was this up because 1 it was on sale nd 2 my knowledge of this time period nd geography was exclusively on Disney s Aladdin In period of bout 200 years from round the mid 700 ADs to the mid 900s the Muslim community ranging from Egypt in the west to the Himalayas in the east united under the Abbasid caliphate in When Kingdom Comes anttempt to directly carry on the mission of the Prophet Muhammad The eastern territories comprised of modern day Afghanistan Kazakhstan etc were marked by mysterious nd somewhat isolated civilizations living on bleak The Wayward Bride (Besotted Scots, and war torn landscape which of course is in great contrast to today where therea contains mysterious nd isolated civilizations living on bleak Such a Dance and war torn landscape It began with good intentionsnd t the caliphate s peak Baghdad was thriving cultural economic nd scientific capital In fact there plenty of magnificent palaces nd shadowy thin bearded figures named Jafar Ever the philosophers one caliph ordered validation of the Greek observation that the earth was globe measuring 24000 miles in circumference A team of palace scientists measured the location of the pole star then walked in straight line with rope until the pole star had descended one degree For those of you unfamiliar with global geometry this is La bte du marais a distance of 66nd 23 miles To be sure they replicated the experiment in the other direction walking until they ran out of rope used the first time They stopped there Laos: Keystone Of Indochina and measuredgain the pole star had How Foreign Policy Decisions Are Made In The Third World ascended one degree The Greeks were rightnd the western world wouldn t catch up for nother 600 yearsEventually though spending would get out of control nd Turkish military coup combined with the destruction of fertile Mesopotamian farmland would spell coup combined with the destruction of fertile Mesopotamian farmland would spell end of dynasties based in that rea going back to 3000 BCRecommend to serious history nerds Don t expect to be entertained Suffers from certain organizational problems the chapters don t seem to exist on the same level of specificity Et ainsi de suite and often A nice departure from the traditional textbook style history book A good way to read up onn important period in Muslim The Shoshoni Cookbook and world history you remember it because it s told like story Also very factually on top of its game Ancient Baghdad has been lost to the modern world Cairo Historias sobre los Fondos Bahá'ís and Istanbul moved on while Bukharand Isfahan stood still but the walls of the Round City were erased from earth Reasoning with the Infinite: From the Closed World to the Mathematical Universe and memory by Hulagu Khannd the Mongols in 1258 If you wish to travel to the world of the Abbasid caliphate you will need to do so in your imagination Sadly there Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don’t Know What You’re Eating and What You Can Do About It are few recent books in English to help transport you thereHugh Kennedy is Professor of Arabict SOAS University of London He completed his PhD in 1978 on the early Abbasid Caliphate nd is ualified to provide the necessary time machine Writing many standard textbooks on the Islamic conuests Kennedy has turned to popular history In this book the narrative doesn t develop momentum nd his style wavers between encyclopedia entry nd medieval tabloidThe majority of the material for the period is drawn from l Tabari n Abbasid court compiler of Islamic history This is largely unavoidable s he is often the earliest or only vailable source Kennedy presents the chronicles in modern prose nd dds his nalysis of events It is not bad premise for popular history given the lack of ccessible material but it lacks deuate interpretationInterspersed with the narrative ccount re topical chapters on poetry geography Mr Darcy's Cottage of Earthly Delights: Shades of Pride and Prejudice architecturend court life These essays seem bit disjointed from the main body of the work nd sometimes the earlier storyline returns unexpectedly While it is possible to learn lot from this book it could be better organized nd insightful On the positive side the writing is readable nd the period is important Although the book contained rich information I found it poorly organised repetitive incoherent t times nd lacked proper historical nalysis I understand the writer wants to reach out to laypersons by narrating The Abbasid era in The Cat Who Lived with Anne Frank a storytelling format but only manages to make it dullnd dry I felt the writer spent too much time on personal tales corruption betrayal nd scandalsthough some. يتناول هذا الكتاب تاريخ الدولة العباسية منذ بداية الدعوة العباسية فى خرسان على يد دعاتها المخلصين. .

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Are shocking nd interesting t the same timeI expected on geo politics nd social nalysisIt falls shot by miles in my opinion Yoga Kitchen: Divine Recipes from the Shoshoni Yoga Retreat and I didn t enjoy much except for some personal talesnd gruesome politics This may Design Works: How to Tackle Your Toughest Innovation Challenges Through Business Design a good starting book for learning The Abbasid Era If youre little or vaguely familiar with this period of history I recommend you skip this book This is very informative but dense book I m not slouch t keeping track of names but I was constantly consulting the family tree to figure out where in time we were It is much political history than social history lthough I was glad for the chapters that did touch on what life was like When Baghdad Ruled the Muslim World claims to introduce us to the History And Flourishing Culture Of The Golden and flourishing culture of the golden of Islam Overall there ren t too many books on the market to compare to but the scope of the work is interesting nd relatively unexplored by most scholars Unfortunately the book doesn t live up to ll of the expectations I had for itHugh Kennedy dmirably tries to tell the history of the Abbasids in s story but fails to chieve the level of storytelling success that one might find in book like Destiny Disrupted A History of the World through Islamic Eyes by Tamim Ansary His biggest problem with his story format is that 1 it s inconsistent nd 2 it switches without notice between storytelling nd history lecture in n brupt manner that doesn t flow it switches without notice between storytelling Loyalty and Lies (Chastity Falls, and history lecture inn brupt manner that doesn t flow I have bit of love hate relationship "With His Writing Style "his writing style seems to desperately want to share this history s Jeep. Sur les traces de la lgende a story but fails to do so in consistently cohesive nd logical way It seems like he often presents the most dramaticentertainingshocking story first s if that IS what happened but then The Abbeyville Way all of the sudden cuts it offnd tells you that s just one possibility nd nother source says x y z I would have really preferred if he could have told the story that facts confirm Stations of the Lost: The Treatment of Skid Row Alcoholics and thendd in the miscellaneous possibilities s to what else may have occurred It was kind of like reading this is what happened or is it over nd over Treasure Diver (Choose Your Own Adventure, againI loved the stories he did tell I hated hearing oncegain that it was only one of several possibilities I think the stories he did tell were perhaps how he d like to imagine history having occurred A Shot at Love and that by telling that story he puts his opinion first in your mind while marginallycknowledging the other possibilities so he doesn t lose credibility This way you re likely to remember the interesting story Old Records Never Die: One Man's Quest for His Vinyl and His Past as opposed to the other possibilities whichre presented Ask an Astronaut as dry facts or secondary considerations Aside from that I really enjoyed most of the contentnd I loved reading Dead of Night about Harun Al RashidThe Haremnd Abbassid court culture Unfortunately this particular look The Voyage Unplanned at court culture contains essentially no informationbout dancers The Dwelling as part of the court or general culture Therere some images in the middle of the book including one from Samarra depicting two dancing girls pouring wine It is part of small fragment of the murals which decorated the palace Clearly dance was present in court culture but despite even including n image there is no real information bout dance in ny form It does talk uite Vienna 1814: How the Conquerors of Napoleon Made War, Peace, and Love at the Congress of Vienna a bitbout poets nd makes some mentions of Musicians though We can make some guesses bout the possible place of dance in court culture based on the information bout musicians nd possibly slaves but the Adaptations: From Short Story to Big Screen: 35 Great Stories That Have Inspired Great Films author made nottempt to mention nything bout danceAlthough the beginning has lot of problems with the switching between storyteller nd historian writing style the later chapters don t do this Easy as much Instead the majority switches to dry history The information is interesting but harder to follownd keep interested in However there Morrissey y los atormentados are occasional small instances like this throughout the booksAnother issue I had with the book is thatlthough the uthor of the book is supposed to be neutral to religion but several comments nd Real Magic: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science, and a Guide to the Secret Power of the Universe assertions of theuthors opinions seemed to be rather biased Interview with the Vampire against Islam This gives me reservationsbout how he perceives the historic events Considering he presents certain versions of possible history Emma of Aurora (Change and Cherish Historical as being his storyrc is it because these re products of his bias or is it historically the أمثال بكير بن ماهان وأبى سلمة الخلال وأبى مسلم الخراسانى فى بداية القرن الثامن الميلادى نهاية الق. Ost viable I don t knowMy other issue with the book is the way that it s divided into chapters Some books like Women Men nd Eunuchs Gender in Byzantium can take The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma's Table a separatepproach to historical time period nd work this is because the scope of each chapter is very specific in what it covers there is little to no overlap in other chapters nd there is generally not much repeated Kennedey s work however ttempts to separate while weaving together in Ravished by a Duke a storynd it doesn t work well It s Damn Delicious Meal Prep a bit like reading novel out of order randomly selecting which chapter you will read It s disjointed experience nd you have to jump from one person to nother nd one topic to Deep Lane: Poems another constantly to re situate yourself in the context of what s happening I wonder if he wouldn t have been better off using bit of chronological progression throughout the book in which he could have incorporated each of the elements he tried to separate It might have made it easier for the reader to compare military rchitectural nd cultural differences between ll the different to compare military rchitectural nd cultural differences between Our Necessary Shadow: The Nature and Meaning of Psychiatry all the different whilelso moving forward in logical nd story like progressionI would still recommend this for people looking to learn The Online Diary of a Masochistic Submissive about the Abbasid Caliphs which is mostly what the book ends up talkingbout but most other uestions bout court culture or how people lived their daily lives go largely unanswered Be ware that parts Industry and Empire: The Birth of the Industrial Revolution are going to uickly switch from story to history in split second nd that jolting experience s reader can be problem with moving forward in the book I do think there is lot of good information nd it is relatively ccessible to the My Lady Viper average readerssuming you like reading history Sunflower andre used to reading in that genre It does help to examine the history nd successions of the Abbasid Caliphs nd tells some of the stories that make them seem like human beings Periyar: A Political Biography of E.V. Ramasamy as opposed to just some distant historical figures A number of people have commented that they found this difficult read s the narrative jumps round rather than taking Doughnuts: Simple and Delicious Recipes to Make at Home a smooth chronological flownd that sometimes information seems to be repeated I found myself greeing t first until I got used to the style in which the historical narrative is lternated with chapters looking t spects of Abbasid court life in which events re referenced but not necessarily explained in context until the following chapter Once I worked this out I went with the flow nd really enjoyed the book s I fully expected to being big fan of Hugh Kennedy s other worksIt has ll the ingredients of cracking read perhaps in slightly idiosyncratic order but it does what it says on the tin The book provides Commit!: Unlock Your Full Potential and Learn to Lead Yourself a detailed narrative of the goldenge of Abbasid rule from the overthrow of the Umayyads until the point in the late 9th Century t which the caliphs were reduced to figureheads by their Turkish soldiery It is colourful Announcing Trouble account filled with incidentnd necdote nd extensive uotes from the contemporary sources which give The Book of Revelation: a good flavour of the personalities of some of the caliphs courtiersnd hangers on of the good flavour of the personalities of some of the caliphs courtiers nd hangers on of the "Above All It Brings Home The Obscene Luxury And Callous "all it brings home the obscene luxury nd callous of the caliphal court Edward Keating: Main Street: The Lost Dream of Route 66 and the shear precariousness of existence Whether prince bureaucrat or poet on the make the Abbasid court offered the opportunity for meteoric rise to wealth nd power Cold Blood andn eually meteoric plummet to torture disgrace Calibre (Inspector Brant, and death when the wheel of fortune turned All of which is hugely entertaining stuff Admirable scopend detail recounting the history of the Abbasid Caliphate from its founding in the mid 700s to the Anarchy t Samarra in the late 800s nd exploring not just politics but culture too in the form of court poetry nd the lives of women The structure was somewhat disjointed moving back nd forth in the chronology which felt strange for supposedly narrative history nd often the book summarized events rather than The Dirty Game: Uncovering the Scandal at FIFA analyzed their larger significance Still likell of Hugh Kennedy s pop histories this one provides good overview of lesser known era Interesting stories of court life during the Abbasid Caliphate The book is poorly organized jumping round chronologically nd spitting events up between chapters I enjoyed it but can t recommend it. رن الأول الهجرى إلى خلافة الخليفة المكتفى وظهور منصب إمارة الأمراء بزعامة ابن رائق فى العام 936م 324ه.