Looking Back at the Caliphate with al-Masʿūdī

The historian al-Masʿūdī (d. 956) portrays the caliph and the caliphate in a particular fashion. In a paper of 4-5 pages maximum, describe what you think are the key features of the caliph and caliphate for al-Masʿūdī? How does al-Masʿūdi present the caliph’s interactions with members of the community? What do you think are the values and qualities that make a caliph a good (or bad) leader of the community for al-Masʿūdī? Give examples from the text that support your argument.

Due: Sunday March 4th at 5 pm. You should email the paper to mp147@nyu.edu