Diplomacy in the Early Islamic World: A Tenth-Century Treatise on Arab-Byzantine Relations (Library of Middle East History)

Diplomacy in the Early Islamic World: A Tenth-Century Treatise on Arab-Byzantine Relations (Library of Middle East History)

By: Maria Vaiou (author)Hardback

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Arab messengers played a vital role in the medieval Islamic world and its diplomatic relations with foreign powers. An innovative treatise from the 10th Century ("Rusul al-Muluk", "Messengers of Kings") is perhaps the most important account of the diplomacy of the period, and it is here translated into English for the first time. "Rusul al-Muluk" draws on examples from the Qur'an and other sources which extend from the period of al-jahiliyya to the time of the 'Abbasid caliph al-Mu'tasim (218-227/833-842). In the only medieval Arabic work which exists on the conduct of messengers and their qualifications, the author Ibn al-Farr rejects jihadist policies in favor of quiet diplomacy and a pragmatic outlook of constructive realpolitik. "Rusul al-Muluk" is an extraordinarily important and original contribution to our understanding of the early Islamic world and the field of International Relations and Diplomatic History.

About Author

Maria Vaiou is Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Byzantine History at Sabanc University, Istanbul. She completed her PhD at the University of Oxford.

Contents

1. Introduction The Importance of the Kitab Rusul al-Muluk The Accounts of `Abbasid-Byzantine Exchanges The Period of al-Mansur The Period of Harun al-Rashid The Period of al-Mamun The Period of al-Mu`tasim 2. Description of the Text Author Date The Place of the Composition: Spain Genre Arrangement of the Author's Material Tenth-century Byzantine and Muslim Treatises on Diplomatic Protocol Contents 3. Manuscripts 4. Notes on the Translation 5. Translation: Messengers of Kings

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781845116521
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 376
  • ID: 9781845116521
  • weight: 648
  • ISBN10: 1845116526

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