Roman and Sasanian into Umayyad

March 21 2007

All treasuries are apt to think alike, but the Umayyad Treasury was actually the historical heir to the Roman Treasury’s tradition. At the time of the conquest the Primitive Arab Muslim Government had taken on the existing inland revenue organization as a going concern – including the official personnel as well as the records and the practice – in both their ex-Roman and their ex-Sasanian [he prefers this spelling] dominions. Ruling, as they did, from Damascus, the Umayyads were influenced by the Roman fiscal tradition predominantly.

A Study of History, Vol VII, OUP, 1954 (footnote)

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