1 THE FOURTEEN DAYS OF HAPPINESS OF 'ABD AL-RAHMAN III (r. 912-61)
2 AL-ANDALUS BEFORE THE SECOND UMAYYAD CALIPHATE 5
What was al-Andalus?
Arabs and Berbers, the Muslim tribesmen who conquered al-Andalus
The conquered population and the process of conversion
The Umayyad emirs: centralization, law, and clientage
3 THE COLLAPSE OF UMAYYAD POWER AND ITS RECOVERY BY 'ABD AL-RAHMAN III (912-28)
Muslims against Muslims: the Umayyad confrontation with Arabs, Berbers, and Muwallads
Umayyads against Umayyads: the reign of emir 'Abd Allah (r. 888-912)
A new beginning: 'Abd al-Rahman III becomes emir (912)
Securing the central lands and the defeat of the Hafsunids (912-28)
The frontier regions
4 CALIPHATE AND CONSOLIDATION (929-61)
The adoption of the caliphal title and the minting of gold
Extending Umayyad power in the frontier regions: the fall of Toledo and Zaragoza
Betrayal: the battle of Simancas-Alhandega (939)
Relationships with the Christian polities
Conflict with the Fatimids and North African policies
5 THE CALIPH'S FAMILY AND HIS MEN
The caliph's family
Men of the sword and men of the pen
Slaves and eunuchs
Hierarchies and egalitarianism among the Muslim population
Christians and Jews
6 BUILDING THE CALIPHATE: STICK, STONES, AND WORDS
The carrot and the stick
Cordoba and Madinat al-Zahra'
The writing of history
Scholars and men of letters
Religious policies and the Maliki identity
7 'ABD AL-RAHMAN III'S LEGACY
APPENDIX: How do we know what we know about 'Abd al-Rahman III?
Maribel Fierro is a researcher for Spain's High Council for Scientific Research in Madrid.