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Title: Diplomacy, warfare and conquest : the political world of Bilad al-Sham prior to, and during, the early Crusading period, 442-522/1050-1128
Author: Wilson, James David
ISNI:       0000 0004 9355 5792
Awarding Body: Queen Mary University of London
Current Institution: Queen Mary, University of London
Date of Award: 2020
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Bilad al-sham is an Arabic term for a broad and diverse territorial area extending from the River Euphrates to the borders of Egypt. In 442/1050, bilad al-sham was a frontier region at the periphery of two major factions, the Byzantine Empire and the Fatimid Caliphate. The introduction of Seljuq and Frankish rulers to the region saw it develop into the focal point of several multi-faceted conflicts along numerous ideological and political contours. This thesis aims to provide a nuanced understanding of both the underlying political dynamics in bilad al-sham and the military and diplomatic interactions of the early sixth/twelfth century by placing them in the context of similar contacts in the region during the late fifth/eleventh century. In doing so, it challenges current historical thinking around the emergence and nature of Seljuq power in Syria and Palestine in the late fifth/eleventh century, with additional points on the decline of Fatimid and Byzantine influence in the region. It also makes interventions into the course, nature, impact and significance of the Crusader States, with particular focus placed on the northern Crusader States.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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