HIST 210 - Lecture 16 - The Splendor of the Abbasid Period
Lecture 16 - The Splendor of the Abbasid Period
In this lecture, Professor Freedman discusses the Abbasid dynasty, which ruled the Islamic Caliphate beginning in 750. The Abbasids moved the capitol of the Caliphate to the newly-built city of Baghdad and created a state characterized by a strong administration and well-organized tax system. The state sponsored a cultural flowering, based in part on the translation of classical Greek and Roman texts. Professor Freedman ends the lecture by focusing on developments in mathematics and astronomy.
Wickham, The Inheritance of Rome, pp. 318-347.