Ahmad ibn Tulun

Pages: 176
Subject: Religion, History
Series: Makers of the Muslim World
Imprint: Oneworld Academic

Ahmad ibn Tulun

Governor of Abbasid Egypt, 868–884

Matthew S. Gordon

Introduces one of the most important figures in the early history of Islamic Egypt
Hardback
9781851688098 (6 May 2021)
RRP £25.00 / US$30.00

The Book

Ahmad ibn Tulun (835-884) governed Egypt on behalf of the Abbasid dynasty for sixteen years. An aggressive and innovative actor, he pursued an ambitious political agenda, including the introduction of dynastic rule over Egypt, that put him at odds with his imperial masters. Throughout, however, he retained close ties to the Abbasid house and at no point did he assert outright independence. In this volume, Matthew Gordon considers Ibn Tulun's many achievements in office as well as the crises, including the betrayals of his eldest son and close clients, that marred his singular career.

Additional Information

Subject Religion, History
Series Makers of the Muslim World
Pages 176
Imprint Oneworld Academic

 

About the Author

Matthew S. Gordon is Professor of Islamic History at Miami University, and author of The Breaking of a Thousand Swords and The Rise of Islam.

Reviews

‘In the background of Ibn Tulun's portrait, Matthew Gordon's alert pen sketches a vivid landscape of ninth-century Egypt, transporting the reader into the heart of the major political and social issues of that transitional century. A book to be put in all hands, both enlightened amateurs and specialists of medieval Islam.'

- Mathieu Tillier, Professor of History of Medieval Islam, Sorbonne University

‘Meticulously researched, this book offers the first book-length study in English dedicated to Ahmad son of Tulun, the ninth-century Turkish governor sent from the Abbasid capital to rule the rich province of Egypt. Moving between the person of Ibn Tulun and the historical circumstances that formed him and with which he had to wrestle, Mathew Gordon offers an exceptionally engaging study of a crucial period in the Islamic history of Egypt and the caliphate more broadly. Scholars and interested readers will be attracted to the precise yet accessible and delightfully lively image that Gordon presents of this unusual historical figure.'

- Petra Sijpesteijn, Professor of Arabic, Leiden University

Table of Contents

Maps

Chronology

The Tulunid Household

 

INTRODUCTION

The Political and Military Setting

Ibn Tulun and Abbasid Politics

Governing Abbasid Egypt

 

1 THE FIRST DECADE IN OFFICE 868-877

The Appointment to Egypt

The Claim to Full Authority

Pacification and the Tulunid Military

The Imperial Stage

 

2 THE LAST YEARS IN OFFICE 877-884

The New Syrian Campaign

Father and Son

Tarsus and Damascus

The Question of Legacy

 

3 GOVERNING EGYPT

Representing Ibn Tulun

Egypt and the Samarran Command

Family and Household

The Tulunid Army and Police

The Tulunid Economy and its Administration

 

4 CITY AND CEREMONY

Al-Qata'i`

The City as Stage

The Military Command

The Religious Establishment

Damascus, the Abbasid Court, and the Frontier

 

CONCLUSION: TULUNID FORTUNES

The Amir's Career

 

Acknowledgments

Bibliography

Index