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Preface; A note on conventions; Part I. Introduction: 1. Historiographical introduction; 2. The nature of the Arab conquest; Part II. The Evolution of the Conquest Society: 3. The Sufyanid pattern, 661-84 [41-64]; 4. Syria of 684 [64]; 5. The Marwanid evolution, 684-744 [64-126]; 6. The Marwanid faction; 7. Syria of 744 [126]; 8. Umayyad clientage; Part III. The Failure of the Islamic Empire: 9. The abortive service aristocracy; 10. The emergence of the slave soldiers; 11. The emergence of the medieval polity; Appendices; Notes; Bibliography; General index; Prosopographical index.

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An explanation of the Muslim phenomenon of slave soldiers, concentrating on the period AD 650-850.

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