Empires and Communities in the Post-Roman and Islamic World, C. 400-1000 Ce (Oxford Studies in Early Empires) (Hardcover)

Empires and Communities in the Post-Roman and Islamic World, C. 400-1000 Ce (Oxford Studies in Early Empires) By Rutger Kramer (Editor), Walter Pohl (Editor) Cover Image
By Rutger Kramer (Editor), Walter Pohl (Editor)
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This book deals with the ways empires affect smaller communities like ethnic groups, religious communities and local or peripheral populations. It raises the question how these different types of community were integrated into larger imperial edifices, and in which contexts the dialectic between
empires and particular communities caused disruption. How did religious discourses or practices reinforce (or subvert) imperial pretenses? How were constructions of identity affected in the process? How were Egyptians accommodated under Islamic rule, Yemenis included in an Arab identity, Aquitanians
integrated in the Carolingian empire, Jews in the Fatimid Caliphate? Why did the dissolution of Western Rome and the Abbasid Caliphate lead to different types of polities in their wake? How was the Byzantine Empire preserved in the 7th century; how did the Franks construct theirs in the 9th? How did
single events in early medieval Rome and Constantinople promote social integration in both a local and a broader framework?

Focusing on the post-Roman Mediterranean, this book deals with these questions from a comparative perspective. It takes into account political structures in the Latin West, in Byzantium and in the early Islamic world, and does so in a period that is exceptionally well suited to study the various
expansive and erosive dynamics of empires, as well as their interaction with smaller communities. By never adhering to a single overall model, and avoiding Western notions of empire, this volume combines individual approaches with collaborative perspectives. Taken together, these chapters constitute
a major contribution to the advancement of comparative studies on pre-modern empires.

About the Author

Rutger Kramer is Assistant Professor of Medieval History at Radboud University, The Netherlands. Walter Pohl is Professor of History at the University of Vienna, Austria.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780190067946
ISBN-10: 0190067942
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: April 8th, 2021
Pages: 464
Language: English
Series: Oxford Studies in Early Empires

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