Urban Autonomy in Medieval Islam

Damascus, Aleppo, Cordoba, Toledo, Valencia and Tunis

Author: Fukuzo Amabe
In Urban Autonomy in Medieval Islam Fukuzo Amabe offers the first in-depth study on autonomous cities in medieval Islam stretching from Aleppo and Damascus to Cordoba, Toledo and Valencia through Tunis during the late tenth to early twelfth centuries. Each city is treated separately to cull facts to prove its autonomy at least for a certain period. The Middle East was the first region to develop cities and then empires in ancient times. Furthermore, the Islamic world was the first to transform ancient political or farmer cities to economic and industrial ones consisting of notables and plebeians, followed by China, then parts of Western Europe.

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Fukuzo Amabe, M. A. (1974), Kyoto University, is Professor of Eastern History and Middle Eastern Studies at Tokyo Keizai University (the University of Economic Studies in Tokyo). He has written monographs and articles on medieval Islamic history, including the Emergence of the ʿAbbāsid Autocracy: The ʿAbbāsid Army, Khurāsān and Adharbayjān (Kyoto University Press, 1995).

Chapter 1 Ninth-to-eleventh-century Baghdad: An early abortive Example

Chapter 2 Damascus during the later tenth century
Chapter 3 Aleppo during the eleventh to early twelfth centuries
Chapter 4 Cordoba during the early decades of the eleventh century
Chapter 5 Toledo during the eleventh century
Chapter 6 Valencia during the later eleventh century
Chapter 7 Tunis during the eleventh to twelfth centuries



All interested in early and middle medieval Islamic history, and the history of cities, especially urban autonomy.