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Unformatted text preview: 28/05/2008 14:58:00 Within 100 year of prophets death: c730 Charles Martel stops Arab advance into Europe How could small Arab forces quickly beat 2 empires? Wars of Byzantium(Eastern Roman empire) vs Persia had exhausted both empires heretical Christians in Syria and N. Africa welcomed in the Arabs as liberators from the orthodox emperor dhimmi : protected communities of People of the Book: without full legal rights, and pay higher tax; acknowledge Muslim govt., but manage own internal affairs Koran2:256: Let there be no compulsion in relgion As territory expanded: Troops: clans, with own leaders; contribute revenue to but not controlled by central govt Early caliphs and governors try to run empire like a village, without an institutional govt: o No bureaucracy, no paid staff o No power to enforce, just personal persuasion...
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This note was uploaded on 07/15/2008 for the course MMW 3 taught by Professor Chamberlain during the Spring '08 term at UCSD.
- Spring '08