Muslim Merchants and Mystics in Central Asia
Lecture no. 21 from the course: The Barbarian Empires of the Steppes
Taught by Professor Kenneth W. Harl | 29 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses
After the Battle of Talas, Islamic expansion halted for 300 years. Explore Baghdad’s emergence as an intellectual and economic center of the Islamic world as well as the religion’s cultural achievements during this period, particularly in architecture. Then, learn why Turkish merchants converted to Sunni Islam—or their version of it—starting in the 8th century.