From the Prophet's family tree to the present, ideas about kinship and descent have shaped communal and national identities in Muslim societies. So an understanding of genealogy is therefore vital to our understanding of Muslim societies, particularly with regard to the generation, preservation and manipulation of genealogical knowledge.
These 9 case studies link genealogical knowledge to particular circumstances in which it was created, circulated and promoted. They stress the malleability of kinship and memory, and the interests this malleability serves.
About the Author
Sarah Bowen Savant is a historian of religion and an Associate Professor at the Aga Khan University's Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations in London. Her publications include The New Muslims of Post-Conquest Iran: Tradition, Memory, and Conversion (Cambridge University Press, 2013), as well as book chapters and journal articles treating early Islamic history and historiography.
Helena de Felipe lectures in Arabic and Islamic Studies at the Universidad de Alcalá. Her publications include Identidad y onomástica de los bereberes de al-Andalus (CSIC, 1997) and, co-edited with F. Rodríguez Mediano, El Protectorado español en Marruecos: Gestión colonial e identidades (CSIC, 2002). She is the author of articles and book chapters on Berbers in the medieval period and the Spanish-Moroccan relationship in the colonial period.
Table of Contents
Sarah Bowen Savant and Helena de Felipe
Part I: The Generation of Genealogical Knowledge
Keeping the Prophet's Family Alive: Profile of a Genealogical Discipline
Techniques of Genealogical Forgery and Procedures of Genealogical Verification in Pre-Modern Muslim Societies
The Genealogy of Power and the Power of Genealogy in Morocco: History, Imaginary and Politics
Part II: Empowering Political and Religious Elites
Berber Leadership and Genealogical Legitimacy: The Almoravid Case
Helena de Felipe
Ways of Connecting with the Past: Genealogies in Nasrid Granada
Embarrassing Cousins: Genealogical Conundrums in the Central Sahara
Part III: Genealogy as Source for Writing History
Was Marwan ibn al-Hakam the First "Real" Muslim?
Genealogy and Ethnogenesis in al-Mas'udi's Muruj al-dhahab
Sarah Bowen Savant
Genealogical Prestige and Marriage Policy among the Ahl al-Bayt: The Case of the al-Sadr Family in Recent Times
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