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Open Access To Be A Prince In The Fourth/Tenth-Century Abbasid Court

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To Be A Prince In The Fourth/Tenth-Century Abbasid Court

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Court studies are almost nonexistent for early Islamic history, including the Abbasid era. This chapter explores one aspect of the personal world that constituted the fourth/ tenth century caliphal court by focusing on the life and career of the Abbasid prince Abu al-ʿAbbas,, eldest son of the caliph al-Muqtadir (AH 295-320/CE 908-932). It discusses questions which revolve around the various spaces in which the prince lived, the education and tutorship that he received, the duties to which he was assigned from an early age, and the ceremonial role that he assumed. The Abbasid court of the fourth/tenth century was polycentric and eclectic and seems to have constituted a space open to a vast range of outside influences. Archaeologically, the palaces related to the Abbasid dynasty in Baghdad are not well known since almost nothing of the monuments and of the urban fabric of the Abbasid city remains.

Keywords: Abbasid court; Abu al-ʿAbbas; Baghdad



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