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Arabs in the Early Islamic Empire: Exploring al-Azd Tribal Identity

Brian Ulrich


Examining a single broad tribal identity - al-Azd - from pre-Islamic Arabia through the Umayyad and into the early Abbasid era, this book notes the ways it was continually refashioned over that time. It explores the ways in which the rise of the early Islamic empire influenced the peoples of the Arabian Peninsula who became a core part of it, and examines the connections between the kinship societies and the developing state of the early caliphate. This helps us to understand how what are often called 'tribal' forms of social organisation identity conditioned its growth and helped shape what b ... More

Keywords: al-Azd, Umayyad, Abbasid, Tribe, Pre-Islamic Arabia, Arabs, Islamic Empire, caliphate

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781474436793
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474436793.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian Ulrich, author
Shippensburg University