Much happened in the 7th century during Umayyad’s prominence including two fitnas (commonly referred to as civil wars), printing coins, and the assembly of a navy. Dr. Antoine Borrut, Associate Professor, University of Maryland, joins the show to discuss the Umayyad Caliphate’s hegemony in the Mediterranean Basin in the 7th century.
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- Dr. Borrut is author of the book Entre mémoire et pouvoir: l’espace syrien sous les derniers Omeyyades et les premiers Abbassides (Brill—and an English version coming out in 2022); co-editor of the book Umayyad Legacies: Medieval Memories from Syria to Spain (Brill); soon completing the co-editing of a volume provisionally titled Navigating Language in the Early Islamic World (a predecessor conference report can be accessed on this topic); and is co-editor of the open-access journal, Al-‘Usur al-Wusta: The Journal of Middle East Medievalists.
- Dr. Borrut provided these associated resources: “On the fourth fitna (civil war) and its historiographical significance, see the work of T. El-Hibri; on Muslim navigation see C. Picard, Sea of the Caliphs: The Mediterranean in the Medieval Islamic World; on the evolution of the Shahada see Frédéric Imbert (article in French with English abstract): https://journals.openedition.
org/remmm/7067; on the rise of the qadi (judge) in early Islam see M. Tillier; on the making of a discrete Muslim identity see F.M Donner; and P. Webb on the making of an Arab identity.”
- This related Ithaca Bound podcast episode was referenced during the episode: Rashidun Caliphate’s Hegemony in the Mediterranean w. Dr Harry Munt (June 28, 2021).
- Here is a link to Antoine Borrut’s Academia’s page.
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