Garth Fowden

in Qusayr 'Amra

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780520236653
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520929609 | DOI:

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Al-Ma'mūn admired the Umayyad clan's picturesque ruins, then settled down to a picnic of wine and bazmāward, a roast meat and white bread delicacy of Iranian origin, fit for a bazm, as its name suggests. The Kitāb al-aghānī now comes quickly to the point, which is a resounding gaffe made by the well-known singer 'Allūya. This chapter mentions that nostalgia for the incident might be stirred by the sight of an abandoned country house sheltered by ancient trees. But in the West, their kingdom still endured, and with it something of the diversity and inventiveness of late antique Syria, as it had survived even under the caliphate.

Keywords: Al-Ma'mūn; Umayyad; bazmāward; bazm; Kitāb al-aghānī; Syria; West

Chapter.  487 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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