Abd al-Rahman III (891 - 961) was the greatest of the Umayyad rulers of Spain and the first to take the title of Caliph. During his reign, Islamic Spain became wealthy and prosperous. He founded the great Caliphate of Madinat al-Zahra at Cordova and did much in his lifetime to pacify his realm and stabilise the borders with Christian Spain. He died at the apex of his power on Oct. 15, 961.
Maribel Fierro is Investigador Cientifico at the Departmento de Estudios Arabes, CSIC, Spain.
Foreword vii 1 The Fourteen Days of Happiness of `Abd Al-Rahman III (r. 912-61) 1 2 Al-Andalus Before the Second Umayyad Caliphate 5 3 The Collapse of Umayyad Power and its recovery by `Abd Al-Rahman III (912-28) 29 4 Caliphate And Consolidation (929-61) 53 5 The Caliph's Family and his Men 79 6 Building the Caliphate: Stick, Stones, and Words 105 7 `Abd Al-Rahman III's Legacy 133 Appendix: How Do We Know What We Know About `Abd al-Rahman III? 137 Bibliography 141 Index 145