The Umayyad Caliphate not only held substantial land holdings in the Mediterranean Basin, but they situated their capital in the Basin—in Damascus. Dr Marie Legendre, Lecturer in Islamic History, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, The University of Edinburgh, joins the show to speak about the caliphate’s administration policies and practices.
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- Dr Legendre is co-editor of the book Authority and Control in the Countryside: From Antiquity to Islam in the Mediterranean and Near East (6th-10th Century) (Brill, 2018) and author of the forthcoming book Territory and Power: Early Islamic Administration in Middle Egypt (642-868) (The University of Chicago Press)
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