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Kennedy, Hugh (Hugh N.)

Works: 107 works in 541 publications in 9 languages and 16,705 library holdings
Genres: History  Maps  Reference works  Military history  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Conference papers and proceedings  Manuscripts 
Roles: Author, Editor, Director, Collector, win, Other, Translator, Author of introduction, Creator, 651, Publishing director
Classifications: DS38.6, 909.0976701
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Most widely held works about Hugh Kennedy
Most widely held works by Hugh Kennedy
The great Arab conquests : how the spread of Islam changed the world we live in by Hugh Kennedy( Book )

44 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 2,412 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the history of the great Islamic expansion, reveals how the Arab armies were able to overcome almost everything in their path, and brings to light the unique characteristics of Islamic settlement in new lands and the conversion to Islam of vast populations
Building legitimacy : political discourses and forms of legitimacy in medieval societies by Hugh Kennedy( )

16 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and Italian and held by 1,556 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume presents a selection of papers exploring the ways by which medieval powers sought to legitimize themselves, the political discourses through which this was effected and a wide range of related problems
When Baghdad ruled the Muslim world : the rise and fall of Islam's greatest dynasty by Hugh Kennedy( Book )

17 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 1,462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a history of the Abbasid dynasty, the founders of Baghdad, and discusses the politics, military conquests, court life, palace bureacracy, culture, and arts which characterized the era
Al-Manṣūr and Al-Mahdī by Ṭabarī( )

5 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 1,413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume opens when the caliph al-Mansur has just defeated the rebellion of Muhammad the Pure Soul in 145/762-3 and is now securely established in power. The main concerns of the remaining thirteen years of his reign are the building of his new capital at Baghdad, on which al-Tabari's text contains details not previously published in English, and his efforts to have his nephew 'Isa b. Musa replaced as heir apparent by his own son Muhammad al-Mahdi, a maneuver that required all his political skills. The circumstances of al-Mansur's death in 158/775 are described in vivid detail, and this section is followed by a series of anecdotes, some serious, some humorous, most vivid and lively, that illustrate his character and habits. The last section of the volume describes the reign of al-Mahdi, more pious than his father but also more liberal and open-handed. Along with routine administration, space is devoted to the bizarre intrigues that accompanied the rise and fall of the vizier Ya'qub b. Dawud and the mysterious circumstances of the caliph's own death in 169/785, followed by a short collection of character stories. In addition, the volume also contains important information about warfare on the Byzantine frontier and in Khurasan
The armies of the caliphs : military and society in the early Islamic state by Hugh Kennedy( Book )

20 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 981 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"During the Medieval period, the Middle East was a battleground in which the Umayyad and the Abbasids Caliphs fought for dominance of an empire that stretched from Spain to the borders of India. The Armies of the Caliphs is the first major study of the relationship between army and society in the early Islamic period, and reveals the pivotal role of the military in politics. -- Over the key period of 600-945, the Muslims developed a salaried, semi-professional army, dependent on the state for its livelihood. In this extraordinary survey, Kennedy shows how the army began to influence and eventually dominate the political system, and reflects on how the involvement of the military in Middle Eastern politics today has its origins in this period. Through an examination of recruitment, payment, weaponry and fortifications in the armies, The Armies of the Caliphs offers the most comprehensive view to date of how the early Muslim Empire grew to control so many people. Using Arabic chronicles, surviving documents, and archaeological evidence, this book analyzes the military and the face of battle, and offers a timely reassesment of the early Islamic State."
Crusader castles by Hugh Kennedy( Book )

32 editions published between 1994 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 884 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a general account of the history and architecture of Crusader castles in the Kingdom of Jerusalem, County of Tripoli and Principality of Antioch between 1099 and 1291, the years during which the Crusaders had a permanent presence on the Levantine coast. Extensive use is made of contemporary chronicles to show the reasons why castles were built and how they were used in peace and war. The book is fully illustrated by photographs, drawings and plans, and contains a comprehensive bibliography
Warfare and poetry in the Middle East by Hugh Kennedy( )

10 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 879 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Middle East has a poetic record stretching back five millennia. In this unique book, leading scholars draw upon this legacy to explore the ways in which poets, from the third millennium BC to the present day, have responded to the effects of war. They deal with material in a wide variety of languages including Sumerian, Hittite, Akkadian, biblical and modern Hebrew, and classical and contemporary Arabic and range from the destruction of Ur in 1940 BC to the poetry of Hamas and Hezbollah. Some poems are heroic in tone, celebrating victory and the prowess of warriors, others reflect keenly on the suffering that war causes. The result is a work that offers fresh insights into the poetry of the Middle East and provides a unique reflection of the ways in which this most violent and pervasive of human activities has been reflected in different cultures
Caliphate : the history of an idea by Hugh Kennedy( Book )

9 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 801 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Caliphate is a grand and sweeping history of the caliphate since the death of the prophet Mohammed until the last official caliph in the 13th Century, and its modern incarnations under various Islamist groups today. Contrary to popular belief, Islamic law is not a codified set of legislations, and thus there cannot be one definition of the role of the caliph. Rather, this title has been the subject of serious debate and transformation over time. In Caliphate, historian and Middle East expert Hugh Kennedy lifts the veil on the changing and contested position of the caliph and explores the fascinating succession of various leaders of the Islamic world since the death of the Prophet in 632 until the modern day. Kennedy begins in 7th century Medina, the Prophet Muhammad's city in the Hejaz desert, in the hours following the prophet's death. In the end, Kennedy delves into the modern fate of the caliphate, as the British manipulate the 19th Century caliphs to spur dissent against the Ottomans in the Arab provinces, and Islamist leaders call for the creation of a Muslim caliphate. We witness the emergence of another Abu Bakr as "caliph" in 2014, as Kennedy untangles the twisted and distorted Qur'anic history ISIS uses to justify its barbaric acts. An authoritative new account of the dynasties of leaders who shaped the Arab world, The Caliphate reveals the legacy of one of the most potent political ideas in modern history
Muslim Spain and Portugal : a political history of al-Andalus by Hugh Kennedy( Book )

22 editions published between 1996 and 2016 in English and held by 710 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first study in English of the political history of Muslim Spain and Portugal, based on Arab sources. It provides comprehensive coverage of events across the whole of the region from 711 to the fall of Granada in 1492
An historical atlas of Islam = Atlas historique de l'Islam( )

8 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 632 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

CD-ROM contains all maps found in printed version
The prophet and the age of the caliphates : the Islamic Near East from the sixth to the eleventh century by Hugh Kennedy( Book )

16 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 630 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Dr. Kennedy gives a full and clear account of the Near East in the formative period of Islamic society. Beginning with the life of Muhammad and the birth of Islam, he goes on to examine the great Arab conquests and the golden age of Islam from the eighth to the tenth centuries. The book closes with the period of political fragmentation in the tenth and eleventh centuries when the early unity was lost, never to be recovered."
Crisis and continuity at the Abbasid court : formal and informal politics in the caliphate of al-Muqtadir (295-320/908-32) by Maaike van Berkel( )

4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 611 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The reign of al-Muqtadir (295-320/908-32) is a crucial and controversial epoch in the history of the Abbasid empire. Al-Muqtadir's regime has traditionally been depicted as one of decline, when the political power of the caliphate and the lustre of its capital began to crumble. This book not only offers a substantial investigation of the idea and reality of decline, but also provides new interpretations of the inner workings of the court and the empire. The authors, four specialists of Abbasid history, explore the formal and informal power relationships that shaped politics at the court, involving bureaucrats, military, harem, courtiers and of course al-Muqtadir himself. A study of the topography of Baghdad completes this vivid picture of the court and its capital
The early Abbasid Caliphate : a political history by Hugh Kennedy( Book )

26 editions published between 1980 and 2016 in English and held by 595 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Original Title Page -- Original Copyright Page -- Table of Contents -- Dedication -- Acknowledgements -- A Note on References -- Abbreviations -- A Note on Diacriticals -- Glossary of Arabic Terms -- Tables and Maps -- Introduction -- 1. The Geographical Background -- 2. The Origins of the Abbasid Revolution -- 3. Saffah: The Laying of the Foundations -- 4. Mansur: The Years of Struggle -- 5. Mansur: The Consolidation of Power -- 6. The Reigns of Mahdi and Hadi -- 7. Harun Al-Rashid -- 8. The Great Civil War: I
Mongols, Huns and Vikings : nomads at war by Hugh Kennedy( Book )

16 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and French and held by 514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An illustrated examination of the role of nomads in the history of warfare, which discusses the weapons, tactics, and battles of the Huns, Arabs, Turks, Mongols, and Vikings. Includes maps, biographies, and a chronology
The Prophet and the age of the Caliphates : the Islamic Near East from the sixth to the eleventh century by Hugh Kennedy( Book )

18 editions published in 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Prophet and the Age of Caliphates is an accessible guide to the history of the Near East from c.600-1050 A.D., the period in which Islamic society was formed. Beginning with the life of Muhammad and the birth of Islam, Kennedy goes on to explore the great Arab conquests of the seventh century and the golden age of the Umayyad and Abbasid caliphates when the world of Islam was politically and culturally far more developed than the West. A period of political fragmentation shattered this early unity, never to be recovered." "This book deals with issues of continuing and increasing relevance in the twenty-first century, when it is, perhaps, more important than ever to understand the early development of the Islamic world. General readers and scholars of early Islamic history will find Kennedy's book a clear, informative and readable introduction to the subject."--Jacket
The court of the Caliphs : the rise and fall of Islam's greatest dynasty by Hugh Kennedy( Book )

18 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in 5 languages and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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. The Muslim world was ruled by a single sovereign, who waged war against the Byzantines and protected the holy cities of Mecca and Medina. For the last time in history, a mighty empire was based on the ancient Mesopotamian heartland that had once supported the Sumerians, Babylonians and Assyrians." "Every element of his story is drawn from the original Arabic texts: 'the writers of the ninth and tenth centuries knew their rulers had their fair share of human frailties and were quite happy to describe them. To produce a sanitized and whitewashed version of history does no service to our understanding'. The rise and fall of the last great empire centred on the Tigris and Euphrates should be as well known as the histories of Ancient Greece or Rome."--Jacket
The historiography of Islamic Egypt, c. 950-1800 by Hugh Kennedy( Book )

11 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"History writing in Islamic Egypt was highly developed and no country in the Middle East has a richer or more impressive tradition. This book is a collection of essays by leading scholars in the field, examining different authors, their works and the intellectual climate in which they flourished. Due prominence is given to the great historians of the Mamluk period (c. 1260-1517) but also to the less well-known writers of Ottoman times. The essays are also enlivened by insights into personalities and customs of the time." "This book will be of interest to historians of the Islamic world in mediaeval and modern times, and to all those who are concerned with history writing as an intellectual discourse."--Jacket
The Byzantine and early Islamic Near East by Hugh Kennedy( Book )

7 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The main themes in these papers are transition from the world of late antiquity to Islam in a greater Syria which includes modern Lebanon, Palestine/Israel, part of southern Turkey and the modern Syrian Arab Republic, relations between Muslim and Byzantine worlds, and the early development of administrative systems of Islamic state
Writing 'true stories' : historians and hagiographers in the late antique and medieval Near East by Arietta Papaconstantinou( Book )

9 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The papers in this volume examine the interaction between history and hagiography in the late antiquity and meadieval Middle East, exploring the ways in which the two genres were used and combined to analyse, interpret, and re-create the past. The contributors focus on the circulaation of motifs between the two forms of writing and the modifications and adaptations of the initial story that such reuse entailed. Beyond this purely literary question, the retold stories are shown to have been at the centre of a number of cultural. political, and religious strategies, as they were appropriated by different groups, not least by the nascent Muslim community. Writing 'true stories' also foregrounds the importance of some Christian hagiographical motifs in Muslim historiography, where they were creatively adapted and subverted to define early Islamic ideals of piety and charisma."--Back cover
Das Kalifat Von Mohammeds Tod bis zum 'Islamischen Staat' by Hugh Kennedy( Book )

16 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is a caliphate? What is the history of the idea? How is the term used and abused today? In the first modern account of a subject of critical importance today, acclaimed historian Hugh Kennedy answers these questions by chronicling the rich history of the caliphate, from the death of Muhammad to the present. At its height, the caliphate stretched from Spain to the borders of China and was the most powerful political entity in western Eurasia. In an era when Paris and London boasted a few thousand inhabitants, Baghdad and Cairo were sophisticated centres of trade and culture, and the Umayyad and Abbasid caliphates were distinguished by major advances in science, medicine and architecture. By ending with the recent re-emergence of caliphal ideology within fundamentalist Islam, The Caliphate underscores why it is crucial that we know about this form of Islamic government to understand the political ideas of the so-called Islamic State and other Islamist groups in the twenty first century -- by the publisher
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The great Arab conquests : how the spread of Islam changed the world we live in
Building legitimacy : political discourses and forms of legitimacy in medieval societiesWhen Baghdad ruled the Muslim world : the rise and fall of Islam's greatest dynastyAl-Manṣūr and Al-MahdīThe armies of the caliphs : military and society in the early Islamic stateCrusader castlesMuslim Spain and Portugal : a political history of al-AndalusAn historical atlas of Islam = Atlas historique de l'IslamThe prophet and the age of the caliphates : the Islamic Near East from the sixth to the eleventh century
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