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There is a statement from Hourani, History which is said “The creation of an Islamic empire, and the development of an Islamic society, provided the conditions for the emergence of a chain of great cities running from one end of the world of Islam to the other...some of the cities had already existed in the time before the coming of Islam, others were the creations of the Islamic” Personally, I agree with this statement. A city must have crucial elements such as districts, land grants, markets, lanes and so on. If a powerful empire can control numerous districts and get numerous land grants, this empire will indirectly build a chain of great cities. Al-Mu‘tasim, who served as military commander and governor, is a typical example. He had sent Ja‘far al-Ma’mun to Samarqand to purchase Turks in order to concentrate force and then to assume the office of caliph. He is so ambitious that after he succeed, he still purchase Turks from Baghdad. Also, he got properties of several families. Based on what he
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