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Lec 16 - The Early Middle Ages, 284--1000: The Splendor of the Abbasid Period

"Lec 16 - The Early Middle Ages, 284--1000: The Splendor of the Abbasid Period"The Early Middle Ages, 284--1000 (HIST 210) 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. 00:00 - Chapter 1. The Rise of the Abbasids 15:47 - Chapter 2. Cultural Flowering 28:28 - Chapter 3. Assimilation of conquered peoples and ideas 40:00 - Chapter 4. Mathematics Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://oyc.yale.edu This course was recorded in Fall 2011.

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