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The Seljuq Period in Baghdad 447-552H.

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The Seljuq Period in Baghdad 447-552H.

Jafar, Y. The Seljuq Period in Baghdad 447-552H. A Numismatic and Historical Study. London, 2011. Quarto, pp. xv, (3), 77, 12 b/w plates. Casebound. The Seljuqs played a significant part not only in Islamic history but in world history also. At one time their territory stretched as far as China eastwards and the Mediterranean westwards, reaching Armenia to the north and embracing all of Arabia southwards. Many works have been written on the history of the Seljuqs, both old and recent and published in various languages, notably Arabic, Persian, Turkish and English. But although these occasionally mention their coinage, very few attempted to extract information from these to connect with historical events. In this work an attempt is made to present the coinage of the Seljuqs struck in Iraq, notably Madinat al-Salam (Baghdad), and to link it to the events of that period; starting with the entry of the Seljuqs in Baghdad in 447h and continuing until their expulsion from there in 552h. In many ways these coins closely reflect the events reported in the chronicles, which show the precarious relationships between the various Sultans and Abbasid caliphs during this period. Being the seat of the Abbasid dynasty, Madinat al-Salam is uniquely important and so the coins struck there have a particular significance also. As far as I am aware, many of these – including examples shown in this study – are hitherto unpublished. Moreover, much of this rich numismatic information can perform a valuable service in confirming, interpreting or correcting historical accounts that various historians have sometimes presented differently. Of special significance here is the information which can be deduced from some of these coins about the changing nature of the relationships between the Abbasid caliphs and the Seljuq sultans.