SUNY series in Medieval Middle East History

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A Culture of Sufism

Unearths the history of the Naqshbandiyya, one of the most widespread and enduring Sufi brotherhoods.

Body of Text

Reconstructs the formative debates concerning ritual purity in Islamic law and practice.

White Banners

Examines the fall of the Syrian Umayyad caliphate and the rise of the 'Abbasid state, predominantly from the view of the local inhabitants of medieval Syria.

The Breaking of a Thousand Swords

A portrait of the Samarran Turk community while in the employ of the 'Abbasid caliphate during the ninth century.

A Learned Society in a Period of Transition

Addresses the social significance of orthodox Islam during the medieval period in Baghdad.

An Ottoman Century

This sweeping look at the city and the District of Jerusalem in the 17th century paints a vivid picture of life in an Ottoman province.

Protectors or Praetorians?

This analysis of state policy under the last two Mamluk rulers enables modern readers to observe a pivotal era in the history of Egypt and southwest Asia.

The End of the Jihad State

Demonstrates for the first time that the cause of the Umayyad caliphate’s collapse came not just from internal conflict, but from a number of external and concurrent factors that exceeded the caliphate’s capacity to respond.

Ritual, Politics, and the City in Fatimid Cairo

Provides an understanding of the complexities of political legitimacy in Islamic dynasties by examining Fatimid political culture in Egypt reconstructed from court rituals.

The Intimate Life of an Ottoman Statesman, Melek Ahmed Pasha (1588-1662)

Highlights the private side of this public figure—his weaknesses as well as his heroics; his religious life and domestic affairs.