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Abbasid Dynasty

Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception

Aaron – Aniconism

Volume 1
Editor(s): Hans-Josef Klauck, Volker Leppin, Bernard McGinn, Choon-Leong Seow, Hermann Spieckermann, Barry Dov Walfish, Eric J. Ziolkowski
De Gruyter (Berlin, New York) 2012

At the height of its power, the ʿAbbāsid Caliphate (750–1258 CE) reached from the valleys of the Ferghana and the Indus in the east to the African shores of the Atlantic in the west. The political unity of this vast territory facilitated the circulation of people, goods and ideas. By the 9th century, when the ʿAbbāsid caliphs, in their capital in Iraq, started losing direct control over region after region, the Caliphate remained unified by a culture that was stamped with the presence of Islam …

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