Once Upon A Time
Baghdad During the Abbasid DynastyStreaming Video - 2006
The victory of the Abbasids over the Umayyads signified much more than the replacement of one dynasty with another. With it, Islam saw the birth of a multiethnic concept of power, in which both Arab and non-Arab Muslims could share authority. This program presents the Abbasid Caliphate at its peak, enthroned in its prestigious capital city: Baghdad. The defining project of Caliph al-Ma'amun, the translation by an army of clerks of all the ancient writings his emissaries could procure, is spotlighted-an achievement that set the stage for an eventual showdown between religious and secular scholars.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, , c1999
Alternative Title: Baghdad during the Abbasid dynasty