Abbasid Caliphate and fragmentation, 786 to 1194


Abbasid Caliphate and fragmentation


This map depicts the history of the Abbasid, Fatimid,
and Umayyad caliphates and shows the boundaries of Muslim dynasties
and empires from about 800 to 1200. The main trade routes and the
extent of the Byzantine empire in about 1000 are also indicated.

In particular, the map shows:

  • the Abbasid Caliphate at its greatest extent during the rule of Haroun al-Rashid, 786-809
  • area under Abbasid central control, c. 900
  • areas recognizing Abbasid and Fatimid sovereignty
  • Samanid empire, c. 900
  • Buyid empire, 945-1055
  • Zaidi imams, independent from 945
  • other Muslim dynasties (Seljuqs, Hamdanids, Tulunids, Buyids, Qarakhanids, Saffarids, Ghaznavids)

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The Times Complete History of the World (2007), p. 150-1.