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Introduction

WithD.S. Richards

This introduction covers some key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book is a source for the history of the mediaeval world. It covers the whole sweep of Islamic history almost up to the death of Ibn al-Athir. With the sources available to him, he attempted to embrace the widest geographical spread. As before, Ibn al-Athir’s older brother, Majd al-Din Mubarak, provided information from his direct experience of Zankid administration. Otherwise, our author’s informants covered a wide range of people, including the likes of merchants, urban notables who were refugees from DaquqaAs before, Ibn al-Athir’s older brother, Majd al-Din Mubarak, provided information from his direct experience of Zankid administration. Otherwise, our author’s informants covered a wide range of people, including the likes of merchants, urban notables who were refugees from Daquqa.