Who were they, then, these criminals of Islams golden age? The majority, Bosworth says, seem to have been tricksters of one sort or another,
who used the Islamic religion as a cloak for their predatory ways, well aware that the purse-strings of the faithful could easily be loosed by the eloquence of the man who claims to be an ascetic or or mystic, or a worker of miracles and wonders, to be selling relics of the Muslim martyrs and holy men, or to have undergone a spectacular conversion from the purblindness of Christianity or Judaism to the clear light of the faith of Muhammad.
The more things change, the more they remain the same.
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.
still using basically the same tool a thousand years later.
Ismail El Outamani suggests that this was because the Banu Sasan were a product of an urbanization that was all but unknown west of Constantinople at this time.
I found this interesting. It suggests so many things about people in general. To me though it suggests that the rogues, thieves, (Politicians, but I repeat myself), develop mostly where there is an excess of people who because of the sheer numbers of them don’t know personally everyone in the city. And it is that sort of anonymity that permits such behaviors to exist and persist too.
In case you’re interested in the connection between a thief, stale bread, and a live tortoise in 12th century Persia.
...survives from earlier than the ninth century (that is, the third century AH)....
AH? What does that mean?
Interesting article. One big error though. Islam never had a golden age. It was always a stone age cult destroying whatever good it encountered (and sometimes taking credit for teh inventions of people’s it conquered)