The articulation of power in medieval Iberia and the Maghrib
- edited by Amira K. Bennison.
- Oxford : Published for the British Academy by Oxford University Press, 2014.
- Physical description
- xii, 263 pages : maps, genealogical tables ; 24 cm.
- Proceedings of the British Academy 195.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- SECTION 1: LAYING THE GROUNDWORK
- 1. Introduction
- 2. Islam and the 'Great Divergence': The case of the Moroccan Marinid Empire 1269-1465 CE.
- 3. Writing History as a Political Act: Ibn Khaldun, Asabiyya, and Legitimacy.
- SECTION 2: GENEALOGY, TITULATURE AND PROPAGANDA
- 4. The Genealogical Legitimisation of the Nasrid Dynasty: The Alleged Ansari Origins of the Banu Nasr.
- 5. Jihad as a Means of Political Legitimation in Thirteenth-Century Sharq al-Andalus.
- 6. Honouring the Prophet's Family: A Comparison of the approaches to Political Legitimacy of Abul-Hasan Ali al-Marini and Ahmad al-Mansur al-Sa'di.
- SECTION 3: CEREMONIES AND RITUAL PERFORMANCES
- 7. 'Azafid Ceuta, Mawlid al-Nabi and the Development of Marinid Strategies of Legitimation.
- 8. On Muhammad V, Ibn al-Khatib and Sufism.
- 9. Hospitality, Charity and Political Legitimacy in Pre-modern Morocco.
- SECTION 4: LEGITIMATION OUTSIDE THE CITY
- 10. Drums, Banners and Baraka: Symbols of authority during the first century of Marinid rule, 1250-1350.
- 11. The Ransom Industry and the Expectation of Refuge on the Western Mediterranean Muslim-Christian Frontier 1085-1350.
- 12. Nomadic Populations and the Challenge to Political Legitimacy: Three Cases from the Medieval Islamic West.
- (source: Nielsen Book Data)
How do rulers make their rule palatable and appealing to their subjects or citizens? Drawing on the expertise of several international scholars, this volume explores how rulers in medieval Iberia and the Maghrib presented their rule and what strategies they adopted to persuade their subjects of their legitimacy. It focuses on the Nasrids of Granada and the Marinids of Morocco, who both ruled from the mid-13th century to the later 15th century. One of the book's central themes is the idea that the ways in which these monarchs presented their rule developed out of a common political culture that straddled the straits of Gibraltar. This culture was mediated by constant transfers of people, ideas and commoditities across the straits and a political historiography in which deliberate parallels and comparisons were drawn between Iberia and North Africa. The book adopts this approach to challenge a tendency to see the Iberian and North African cultural and political spheres as inherently different and, implicitly, as precursors to later European and African indentities. While several chapters in the volume do flag up contrasts in practice, they also highlight the structural similarities in the approach to legitimation deployed by the Nasrid and Marinid dynasties in this period. The volume is divided into several sections, each of which approaches the theme of legitimation from a fresh angle. The first section contains a introduction to the theme as well as analyses of the material and intellectual background to discourses of legitimation. The next section focuses on rhetorical bids for legitimacy such as the deployment of prestigious genealogies, the use of religio-political titles, and other forms of propaganda. That is followed by a detailed look at ceremonial and the calculated patronage of religious festivals by rulers. A final section grapples with the problem of legitimation outside the environs of the city, among illiterate and frequently armed populations.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Beni Marin dynasty.
- Power (Social sciences) > Africa, North > History > To 1500.
- Power (Social sciences) > Spain > History > To 1500.
- Spain > History > 711-1516.
- Spain > Civilization > 711-1516.
- Spain > Politics and government > To 1479.
- Africa, North > History > 647-1517.
- Africa, North > Civilization.
- Africa, North > Politics and government.
- Beni Marin dynasty.
- Political science.
- Power (Social sciences)
- Africa, North.
- Publication date
- Proceedings of the British Academy, 0068-1202 ; 195
- Based on a workshop held at Magdalene College, Cambridge, in September 2011.
- 9780197265697 (hbk.)
- 0197265693 (hbk.)
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