Court of the Caliphs
From a rebellion planned in a remote desert town to the founding of Baghdad in AD 762, the rule of the Abbasid dynasty was looked back on as the golden era of the Islamic Conquest.
It was a time of military conquests, patronizing poetry and palace building. And in the formal structure of the court – harems, viziers, eunuchs and the tales of the Arabian Nights – the Abbasid caliphate offered a historical ideal to which later empires and their rulers would aspire.
‘A remarkable narrative history of the Abbasids … a lively and compelling study.’ – William Dalrymple, The Times
‘Fascinating … one of the most rewarding books of history I’ve read this year.’ – Scotland on Sunday
‘With the very first line the reader is hooked into this epic rollercoaster of a historical narrative.’ – TLS