Jul 30, 2021 • 1HR 12M

Al-Mansur and the Founding of Baghdad

Celebrating Baghdad's birthday

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Derek Davison
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We’re back with a subscriber-only episode in which we cover the rise of the Abbasid dynasty and the founding of its capital city, Baghdad, whose first foundations were laid on July 30, 762. I did a very short episode on Baghdad’s founding a couple of years ago (pre-Substack) but this one goes into considerably more detail.

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