Diplomacy In The Early Islamic World: A Tenth-Century Treatise on Arab-Byzantine Relations by Maria VaiouDiplomacy In The Early Islamic World: A Tenth-Century Treatise on Arab-Byzantine Relations by Maria Vaiou

Diplomacy In The Early Islamic World: A Tenth-Century Treatise on Arab-Byzantine Relations

byMaria Vaiou

Hardcover | March 30, 2015

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Arab messengers played a vital role in the medieval Islamic world and its diplomatic relations with foreign powers. An innovative treatise from the tenth century (Rusul al-Mulik, 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-Mulik draws on examples from the Qur'an and other sources which extend from the period of al-jihiliyya 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-Farri rejects jihadist policies in favor of quiet diplomacy and a pragmatic outlook of constructive realpolitik. Rusul al-Mulik is an extraordinarily important and original contribution to our understanding of the early Islamic world and the field of International Relations and Diplomatic History.

Maria Vaiou is Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Byzantine History at Sabanci University, Istanbul. She completed her PhD at the University of Oxford in 2002.
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Title:Diplomacy In The Early Islamic World: A Tenth-Century Treatise on Arab-Byzantine RelationsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1.11 inPublished:March 30, 2015Publisher:I.B. Tauris & Co LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1845116526

ISBN - 13:9781845116521

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
List of Maps
Introduction: The Importance of the Book of the Messengers of Kings
The accounts of 'Abbasid-Byzantine exchanges
Description of the text
Manuscripts
Notes on the Transliteration
English Translation -Arabic text
Appendices
Bibliography
Index

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"Dr. Vaiou succinctly characterizes the text's nature and purpose . . .although her approach is primarily that of a historian, Vaiou provides full coverage of the treatise's rich cultural background . . .The text will be of very great interest to historians of Islam, both cultural and political historians, and also to Byzantinists and medievalists in general." - Dr. Jonathan Shepherd, Oxford University