The Umayyad dynasty was the first Muslim dynasty in history. It ruled from 661-750, and at its height controlled an empire that stretched from Spain to India. The Abbasid dynasty came after it, ruling 749-1258. What many people don’t know is that the Abbasids tended to lose more rights than the Umayyads did when they took power.
Which begs the question of who really lost out in this exchange?
The Abbasid dynasty came after it, ruling from 747-1258. What many people don’t know is that the Umayyads tended to lose more rights than the Abbasids did when they took power which begs the question of who really lost out in this exchange? As you can see, there’s a lot to discuss about these two dynasties and their respective successes and failures as rulers. Hopefully we’ll be able to explore those topics with some depth on future posts. This post will cover how each dynasty handled its relationship with Islam during its time in power: what religious policies were enacted by each one, and how did those polices affect their success or failure?