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Arabic Administration in Norman Sicily: The Royal Diwan
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Arabic Administration in Norman Sicily: The Royal Diwan

by Jeremy Johns
 

ISBN-10: 0521816920

ISBN-13: 9780521816922

Pub. Date: 10/07/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Jeremy Johns' unique study is the first comprehensive account of the Arabic administration of Norman Sicily. While it is generally assumed that the Normans inherited their administration from the Muslim governors of the island, Johns demonstrates that the Norman kings actually restructured their administration to the model of Fatimid Egypt. Controversially, he

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Jeremy Johns' unique study is the first comprehensive account of the Arabic administration of Norman Sicily. While it is generally assumed that the Normans inherited their administration from the Muslim governors of the island, Johns demonstrates that the Norman kings actually restructured their administration to the model of Fatimid Egypt. Controversially, he suggests that their intention was not administrative efficiency, but the projection of their royal image. This accessible account of the Norman rulers reveals how they related to their counterparts in the Muslim Mediterranean.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521816922
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/07/2002
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization Series
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface; Tables; Abbreviations; Genealogical table of the De Hautevilles of Sicily; Note on measurements; Introduction; 1. 'In the time of the Saracens ...'; 2. 'When first the Normans crossed into Sicily ...'; 3. 'Our lady, the Regent Adelaide, and our lord, the Count Roger, her son', 1101-30; 4. The earliest products of the royal dīwān, 1130-43; 5. The jarā'id renewed, 1144-5; 6. The records of the royal dīwān, part I: the jarā'id al-rijāl; 7. The records of the royal dīwān, part II: the dafātir al-hudūd; 8. The duties and organisation of the royal dīwān; 9. 'The people of his state'. The 'palace Saracens' and the royal dīwān; 10. The Norman dīwān and Fātimid Egypt; 11. Royal dīwān and royal image; Appendices; List of references; Index.

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