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, taking strides to unify what was a fractious land. An aggressive and innovative actor, he pursued an ambitious political agenda that often put him at odds with his imperial masters, who once tried to remove him by force. In spite of this, he ultimately remained loyal to the Abbasids, twice marching into Syria to wage war against their Byzantine rivals.

Perhaps best known today for the mosque in Cairo that bears his name, Ibn Tulun left a lasting mark on Egyptian history and politics, but, Matthew Gordon asks, was he the hero of Egyptian ‘national' independence that some hail him to be?

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 History at Miami University, specialising in Islamic and Middle Eastern history and pre-modern world history. He is the author of The Rise of Islam and has published widely on medieval Islamic social and political history.

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 Military

Family and Household

The Tulunid Military and Security Forces

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