The Breaking of a Thousand Swords: A History of the Turkish Military of Samarra (A.H. 200-275/815-889 C.E.)

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The Breaking of a Thousand Swords provides a portrait of the Samarran Turks as members of a community with a specific and complex history in the early medieval Islamic world. It considers: the encounter of the Turks as rough, non-Muslim outsiders, with the sedentary, urbane world of Baghdad; the closely related encounter of the Turks with the Islamic tradition in its urban, scholarly guise; the settlement of the Turks, in Baghdad then in Samarra, through the use of land grants and appointments to office; the impact upon the affairs of the Turkish community of not only a military ranking but of a socio-political hierarchy as well; the construction by the Turkish elite of an elaborate network of patronage and support, both within urban Iraq and throughout the provinces (Egypt in particular); and the emergence, and impact, of factionalism within the community.
 

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The Samarran Turks in Modem Scholarship
6
The Initial Period
15
The Settlement at Samarra
47
The Samarran Political Arena
75
The Exercise of Authority
105
ConclusionA Waning Presence
141
A Final Anecdote
147
Appendix A Retainer Forces in Early Islamic History
151
Bibliography
263
Index
293
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Página 264 - Murgotten as The Origins of the Islamic State. 2 vols. New York: Columbia University Press, 1916-1924.

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Matthew S. Gordon is Assistant Professor of History at Miami University, Ohio.

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