The Abbasid Golden Age from A.D. 755-833 was a time when Muslim culture, art, and literature were at its peak.  The Koran had already been compiled so schools and universities were founded to study the Koran and the Hadith.  Since the main library cities had been conquered, Muslim literature flourished. Poets and philosophers made names for themselves.  Militarily, the Muslims had reached the height of expansion. Through conquest they had taken the Iberian Peninsula, North Africa, and the Middle East, and they stood on the borders of India.  Constantinople was in their pay.  The caliphs brought reforms through universal taxation and the postal system.  Walid began the start of the Golden Age and Al-Mu’tasim finished it.  Looking back today, scholars still hold that art, society, literature, and culture have never been higher for the Muslims than this window of time.

– Hannah S. Bowers