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The First Dynasty of Islam

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Gerald Hawting's book has long been acknowledged as the standard introductory survey of this complex period in Arab and Islamic history. Now it is once more made available, with the addition of a new introduction by the author which examines recent significant contributions to scholarship in the field. It is certain to be welcomed by students and academics alike. ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published July 13th 2000 by Routledge (first published August 1st 1986)
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Truls Ljungström
En kort genomgång av Umaaya-dynastin och dess efterspel. Boken visar hur lite jag kan om tidigislamisk historia. Det jag trodde var en fringe-position, att frånvaron av källor kring Umayyas uppkomst och år innan erövringen av Jerusalem var så grov att man ifrågasätter hela narrativet kring Islams uppkomst, tas på tillräckligt stort allvar för att konstatera att en introduktionsbok inte kan gå in på ämnet. Det boken tar upp är det källbekräftade.
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Mark Rossiter
Oct 08, 2012 rated it liked it
This history by G R Hawting (School of Oriental and African Studies, London) of the Umayyad Dynasty, who seized power in 661 after Ali, the last of the Rashidun (“rightly-guided” caliphs, the immediate successors to the Prophet), was murdered, and who reigned from Damascus amid various uprisings and rebellions until they were overthrown in 750, checks all the right boxes in terms of facts and details. All the players are here, with their tribal affiliations and cross-alliances, and (in so far as ...more
Mohamed El-Mahallawy
Jul 06, 2021 rated it it was ok
Hawting here isn't explaining that era of Islam and its events as much he is raising questions, that he can't understand!!
There's not a page without throwing the word "ambiguous"!!!
In many cases that seems "ambiguous" to him, it's only just a different culture that he can't understand or even believe that there are other people in another part of the world who think, feel, trust and believe in a way that he can't understand the circumstances that led to them, the nature and the features of the p
Shane Hill
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
A little dry and hard to follow at times...though that may be my fault and not the authors!
Sep 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As all the major reviews say this book is intended for undergraduate students and is an introduction to Middle Eastern studies. It is great for people who want a basic understanding of the Umayyad Caliphate in an easy to read, user friendly manuscript. Hawting is from time to time unnecessarily wordy and the argument could be made that he misinterprets some of his sources (Crone), but the books is an easy read and contains much interesting information.
There is, unfortunately, a dearth of particularly good survey works on the reign of the Umayyads, largely stemming from the fact that they are all quite dated. Hawting's is among the best introduction to the first dynasty of Islam, however, and very much worth a read for a general overview of the period from 661-750CE. ...more
Feb 16, 2009 rated it liked it
Incredibly dense, informative book on the Umayyad caliphate of early Islam. It has everything you want to know, but it throws a whole lot of Arabic names and dates and complicated relationships at you and it takes considerable patience to get through it and understand it.
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