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What are the primary sources for the Mongol sack of Baghdad?

The source containing the most detail is probably al-Ḥawādit̠ al-ğāmiʿa wa-l-tağārib al-nāfiʿa fī l-miʾa l-sābiʿa, a local history of Baghdad under Mongol rule. It was previously attributed to the ...
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What disruptions were brought about by Islam that the Arabians saw so many victories?

The critical factor all these answers leave out: The Black Death. The Plague of Justinian swept through the Byzantine and Sassanid Empires a few generations before Islam. On the Byzantine side, the ...
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How did Muslim traders raise investments given Islam's prohibition of usury?

I upvoted Anixx's answer but I would still like to add mine to expand on it in a more middle ages context. Credit for purposes of trade was absolutely legal. In the work Credit as a means of ...
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Why did Ottoman Sultans prioritize the title of Sultan over that of Caliph?

Well, the word or title, "Caliph" literally means, "Heir"....more specifically, the "Heir" to Muhammad's legacy. For the majority of Muslims worldwide, Abu Bakr, was the ...
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Is the Cypress of Kashmar on display in Baghdad?

There seems to be some confusion over what is claimed, what we are looking at, and what we should be looking at. Lets see if we can clear some of it up. Staring with the page the OP cites which ...
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What was the area of the Mamluk Sultanate?

The Mamluk Sultanate in 1337 was approx. 1 802 679 sq km. The Mamluk Sultanate in 1444 was approx. 838 316 sq km in directly ruled territories plus 354 751 sq km governed indirectly without Cyprus, ...
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Is the Cypress of Kashmar on display in Baghdad?

Not only is there no original wood there, but much of the stone there is no longer original. Also, I can see no evidence that there was ever any wood there. If there was, it likely wasn't structural. ...
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When were capital punishments suspended during the Rashidun caliphate?

As far as I can tell, this traces back to oral tradition and so you are unlikely to find any precise record of when the drought or judgment occurred. But the judgment is specifically attributed to ...
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What disruptions were brought about by Islam that the Arabians saw so many victories?

Maybe we can bring the explanation given by an Arab historian, Ibn Khaldun, in its Muqaddimah and the theory of Asabiyyah to get a good insight (Peter Turchin works might be a good introduction as ...
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What was the area of the Mamluk Sultanate?

According to Wikipedia the Mamluk Sultanate ruled part or all of the territory of the following countries: > Today part of [hide] Egypt Israel Jordan Lebanon Libya State of Palestine Palestine ...
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Was the Seljuk Empire an independent empire or an autonomous sub-entity of the Abbasid Caliphate?

"Was the Seljuk Empire an independent empire or an autonomous sub-entity of the Abbasid Caliphate?" Yes. That is the only answer that makes sense. The Seljuk realm was somewhere on the ...
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What disruptions were brought about by Islam that the Arabians saw so many victories?

Answer from u/lcnielsen at the AskHistorians post Is there a pattern to previously harmless tribes conquering vast lands, or am I seeing one where there isn't any? So it is always tricky to work with ...
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Why is no one claiming the title of Caliph?

Because it is more trouble than it is worth. The Fall of Ottoman Empire coincides with Colonial domination of many Muslim lands in Asia and North Africa. When the Colonial powers left, the nations ...
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What are major differences between a Caliphate and a modern Republic?

The major difference is that a Caliphate, is a type of rule/governance that is based upon religiously based heredity, whereas a Republic, is a type of rule that is based on the election of ...
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