1st Edition

The Umayyad World

Edited By

Andrew Marsham

ISBN 9781138913509
Published November 26, 2020 by Routledge
636 Pages 88 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Umayyad World encompasses the archaeology, history, art, and architecture of the Umayyad era (644–750 CE).

This era was formative both for world history and for the history of Islam. Subjects covered in detail in this collection include regions conquered in Umayyad times, ethnic and religious identity among the conquerors, political thought and culture, administration and the law, art and architecture, the history of religion, pilgrimage and the Qur’an, and violence and rebellion. Close attention is paid to new methods of analysis and interpretation, including source critical studies of the historiography and inter-disciplinary approaches combining literary sources and material evidence.

Scholars of Islamic history, archaeologists, and researchers interested in the Umayyad Caliphate, its context, and infl uence on the wider world, will find much to enjoy in this volume.

Table of Contents

Editor’s Acknowledgments

1. Introduction: The Umayyad World Andrew Marsham


Part I Political Culture

2. Living Together: Social Perceptions and Changing Interactions of Arabian Believers and Other Religious Communities during the Umayyad Period Fred M. Donner

3. Prophetic Dominion, Umayyad Kingship: Varieties of Mulk in the Early Islamic Period Sean W. Anthony

4. Ethnicity, Power and Umayyad Society: The Rise and Fall of the People of Maʿadd Peter Webb

5. Umayyad Visual Culture and Its Models Katharina Meinecke


Part II Scribes, Administration and Law

6. Aspects of Umayyad Administration Marie Legendre

7. The Social and Economic Background of Provincial Administrators in Egypt Lucian Reinfandt

8. The Umayyads and the Formation of Islamic Judgeship Mathieu Tillier

9. Al-Awzaʿi and the Umayyad Influence on Islamic Legal Development Steven Judd

10. The Surrender Agreements – Origins and Authenticity Milka Levy-Rubin


Part III Regions of the Umayyad World: Conquest, Society and Economy

11.The Umayyad North (Or: How Umayyad was the Umayyad Caliphate?) Alison M. Vacca

12. Elites in the Countryside: The Economic and Political Factors behind the Umayyad ‘Desert Castles’ Denis Genequand

13. The Umayyad Red Sea as an Islamic Mare Nostrum Veronica Morriss and Donald Whitcomb

14. The Umayyads and North Africa: Imperial Rule and Frontier Society Corisande Fenwick

15. Conquest and Settlement: What Al-Andalus can tell Us about the Arab Expansion at the Time of the Umayyad Caliphate Eduardo Manzano Moreno

16. Ecology, Economy and the Conquest of Khurasan Arezou Azad


Part IV Pilgrimage in Mecca and Jerusalem

17. The Transition from Late Antiquity to Early Islam in Western Arabia Harry Munt

18. Ibn al-Zubayr, the Kaʿba and the Dome of the Rock Gerald Hawting

19. Umayyad Jerusalem: From a Religious Capital to a Religious Town Suleiman A. Mourad


Part V Religion and Identity in the Material Evidence

20. Arabic Rock Inscriptions up to 750 CE Ilkka Lindstedt

21. The Written Transmission of the Qurʾan during Umayyad Times: Contextualising the Codex Amrensis 1 Eléonore Cellard

22. Christian Art and Visual Culture in Umayyad Bilad al-Sham Basema Hamarneh


Part VI Limits of Empire: Rebellion, Resistance and Legacy

23. Kharijism in the Umayyad Period Hannah-Lena Hagemann and Peter Verkinderen

24. Qurashi Marriage and the Roots of Revolt: The Rebellion of ʿAbd Allah b. Muʿawiya, 744–747 Majied Robinson

25. How the West was Won: Unearthing the Umayyad History of the Conquest of the Maghrib Edward Coghill

26. Power, Law and Ideology in Umayyad Al-Andalus Mateusz Wilk

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Andrew Marsham is Reader in Classical Arabic Studies at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Queens’ College. His publications include Rituals of Islamic Monarchy (2009) and, with Alain George, Power, Patronage and Memory in Early Islam (2018).