The Articulation of Power in Medieval Iberia and the Maghrib by Amira K. BennisonThe Articulation of Power in Medieval Iberia and the Maghrib by Amira K. Bennison

The Articulation of Power in Medieval Iberia and the Maghrib

EditorAmira K. Bennison

Hardcover | June 4, 2014

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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 subjectsof 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 apolitical 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 laterEuropean 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 onrhetorical 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 theproblem of legitimation outside the environs of the city, among illiterate and frequently armed populations.
Amira K. Bennison is Reader in the History and Culture of the Maghrib at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Magdalene College. Her research interests include the medieval Islamic West (Islamic Iberia and Morocco), Maghribi modes of legitimation and cultures of power, and 18th-19th century Muslim religio-political discourse and...
Title:The Articulation of Power in Medieval Iberia and the MaghribFormat:HardcoverDimensions:250 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:June 4, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0197265693

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Table of Contents

Section 1: Laying the Groundwork1. Amira K. Bennison: Introduction2. Maya Shatzmiller: Islam and the 'Great Divergence': The case of the Moroccan Marinid Empire 1269-1465 CE.3. Allen J. Fromherz: Writing History as a Political Act: Ibn Khaldun, Asabiyya, and Legitimacy.Section 2: Genealogy, Titulature and Propaganda4. Barbara Boloix-Gallardo: The Genealogical Legitimisation of the Nasrid Dynasty: The Alleged Ansari Origins of the Banu Nasr.5. Abigail Krasner Balbale: Jihad as a Means of Political Legitimation in Thirteenth-Century Sharq al-Andalus.6. Stephen Cory: 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 Performances7. James A. O. C. Brown: 'Azafid Ceuta, Mawlid al-Nabi and the Development of Marinid Strategies of Legitimation.8. Cynthia Robinson and Amalia Zomeno: On Muhammad V, Ibn al-Khatib and Sufism.9. Mohamed El Mansour: Hospitality, Charity and Political Legitimacy in Pre-modern Morocco.Section 4: Legitimation outside the City10. Amira K. Bennison: Drums, Banners and Baraka: Symbols of authority during the first century of Marinid rule, 1250-1350.11. Camilo Gomez-Rivas: The Ransom Industry and the Expectation of Refuge on the Western Mediterranean Muslim-Christian Frontier 1085-1350.12. Russell Hopley: Nomadic Populations and the Challenge to Political Legitimacy: Three Cases from the Medieval Islamic West.