The Berbers and the Islamic State: The Marinid Experience

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Especially germane at a time when Arabs and Islam are reflexively equated, Schatzmiller (U. of Western Ontario) studies the Berbers' search for their place in Islamic history since their 8th century conquest. Atypically, the author points out the strengths of this North African Berber-Islamic state<-->larger than present-day Morocco<-->in the 13th-15th centuries under the rule of Islamophile Marinid tribes. Encompassing her writings from 1976- 93, she discusses the endowment for the public good institution as an example of acculturation to Islamic norms and the history text in terms of Berber identity issues. Appendices provides details on this text and the system. Includes illustrations of texts, artifacts, and mosques. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558762244
  • Publisher: Wiener, Markus Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2000
  • Pages: 280

Table of Contents

List of Ilustrations
I The Berbers' Search for Their Place in Islamic History 1
Ch. 1 An Unknown Source for the History of the Berbers 3
Ch. 2 The Myth of the Berbers' origin 15
Ch. 3 Acculturation and Its Aftermath: The Legacy of the Andalusian Berbers 29
II Devising an Islamic State 41
Ch. 4 Rural and Urban Islam in 13th-century Morocco 43
Ch. 5 Out with Jewish Courtiers, Physicians, Tax Collectors and Minters 55
Ch. 6 The Fall of the khatib Abu 'l-Fadl al-Mazdaghi 69
III Implementing Islamic Institutions 83
Ch. 7 The Introduction of the Medresas 85
Ch. 8 Royal Waaf in 14th-century Fez 95
Ch. 9 The State's Domain: Land and Taxation 115
Conclusion 133
Appendix A 135
Appendix B 141
Notes 143
Bibliography 183
Index 197
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