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Arabs in the Early Islamic EmpireExploring al-Azd Tribal Identity$
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Brian Ulrich

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474436793

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474436793.001.0001

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Eastern Conquests and Factionalism

Eastern Conquests and Factionalism

(p.169) 4 Eastern Conquests and Factionalism
Arabs in the Early Islamic Empire

Brian Ulrich

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter begins by studying the role of al-Azd and the Muhallabids in the Islamic conquests along the eastern frontier of the Islamic world, in Khurasan and Sind. It critiques the idea that the Azd were a driving force behind the conquest of Sind, noting their prior presence in that region. Examining Yazid b. al-Muhallab’s campaigns in Jurjan and Tabaristan south of the Caspian Sea, it argues that both the Caspian and Sind campaigns were the result of governors linked to the Umayyad caliphs conquering territories to which their factional rivals had ties. Finally, there is a study of the role of al-Azd identity in Khurasan on the eve of the Abbasid Revolution.

Keywords:   al-Azd, Khurasan, Muhallabids, Sind, Islamic conquests

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