The Armies of the Caliphs: Military and Society in the Early Islamic State

1st Edition

Hugh Kennedy

Routledge
Published July 26, 2001
Reference - 256 Pages
ISBN 9780415250931 - CAT# RU22480
Series: Warfare and History

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Summary

The Armies of the Caliphs is the first major study of the relationship between army and society in the early Islamic period, and reveals the pivotal role of the military in politics.

Through a thorough examination of recruitment, payment, weaponry and fortifications in the armies, The Armies of the Caliphs offers the most comprehensive view to date of how the early Muslim Empire grew to control so many people. Using Arabic chronicles, surviving documents, and archaeological evidence, this book analyzes the military and the face of battle, and offers a timely reassessment of the early Islamic State.

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