Diplomacy in the Early Islamic World : A Tenth-Century Treatise on Arab-Byzantine Relations Hardback
by Maria Vaiou
Part of the Library of Middle East History series
Arab messengers played a vital role in the medieval Islamic world and its diplomatic relations with foreign powers.
An innovative treatise from the 10th Century ("Rusul al-Muluk", "Messengers of Kings") is perhaps the most important account of the diplomacy of the period, and it is here translated into English for the first time. "Rusul al-Muluk" draws on examples from the Qur'an and other sources which extend from the period of al-jahiliyya to the time of the 'Abbasid caliph al-Mu'tasim (218-227/833-842).
In the only medieval Arabic work which exists on the conduct of messengers and their qualifications, the author Ibn al-Farr rejects jihadist policies in favor of quiet diplomacy and a pragmatic outlook of constructive realpolitik. "Rusul al-Muluk" is an extraordinarily important and original contribution to our understanding of the early Islamic world and the field of International Relations and Diplomatic History.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 288 pages, illustrations
- Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
- Publication Date: 28/02/2015
- Category: Middle Eastern history
- ISBN: 9781845116521
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