Parution : D.G.Tor (ed), “The ʿAbbasid and Carolingian Empires.Comparative Studies in Civilizational Formation”, Brill, oct 2017.
Circa AD 750, both the Islamic world and western Europe underwent political revolutions; these raised to power, respectively, the ʿAbbasid and Carolingian dynasties. The eras thus inaugurated were similar not only in their chronology, but also in the foundational role each played in its respective civilization, forming and shaping enduring religious, cultural, and societal institutions.
The ʿAbbāsid and Carolingian Empires: Studies in Civilizational Formation, is the first collected volume ever dedicated specifically to comparative Carolingian-ʿAbbasid history. In it, editor D.G. Tor brings together essays from some of the leading historians in order to elucidate some of the parallel developments in each of these civilizations, many of which persisted not only throughout the Middle Ages, but to the present day
Contributors are: Michael Cook, Jennifer R. Davis, Robert Gleave, Eric J. Goldberg, Minoru Inaba, Jürgen Paul, Walter Pohl, D.G. Tor and Ian Wood.
Table of contents
The ʿAbbasid and Carolingian Dynasties in Comparative Perspective
Inventing the Missi
Delegating Power in the Late Eighth and Early Ninth Centuries
Jennifer R. Davis
Ḥasanwayh b. al-Ḥusayn al-Kurdī (r. ca. 350–369/ca. 961–979)
From Freehold Castles to Vassality?
Culture, Ethnicity, and Geography
The Emperor’s Ass
Hunting for the Asiatic Onager (Equus hemionus) in the ʿAbbasid, Byzantine, and Carolingian Worlds
Eric J. Goldberg
Ethnicity in the Carolingian Empire
Across the Hindūkush of the ʿAbbasid Period
Columbanus, the Columbanian Tradition and Caesarius
The Rebel and the Imam
The Uprising of Zayd al-Nār and Shiʿi Leadership Claims
Comparing Carolingians and ʿAbbasids