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Arabs in the Early Islamic Empire

Exploring al-Azd Tribal Identity

Brian Ulrich

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Explores what tribal identity meant to Arabs at different stages of the caliphate's evolution

Examining a single broad tribal identity – al-Azd – from the immediate pre-Islamic period into the early Abbasid era, this book notes the ways it was continually refashioned over that time. It explores the ways in which the rise of the early Islamic empire influenced the peoples of the Arabian Peninsula who became a core part of it, and examines the connections between the kinship societies and the developing state of the early caliphate. This helps us to understand how what are often called ‘tribal’ forms of social organisation identity conditioned its growth and helped shape what became its common elite culture.

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Chapter I: The Azd in Pre- and Early Islamic Arabia

Chapter II: The Azd and the Early Islamic State

Chapter III: The Muhallabids: War, Politics and Memory

Chapter IV: Eastern Conquests and Factionalism

Chapter V: The Azd of Mosul





About the Author

Brian Ulrich is an Associate Professor of History at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. He received his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin in 2008 and his interests include early Islamic history and the history of the Gulf.

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