The Second Umayyad Caliphate: The Articulation of Caliphal Legitimacy in al-Andalus

The Second Umayyad Caliphate: The Articulation of Caliphal Legitimacy in al-Andalus

by Janina M. Safran

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The Second Umayyad Caliphate: The Articulation of Caliphal Legitimacy in al-Andalus by Janina M. Safran

In 929 C.E., the eighth Umayyad ruler of al-Andalus (Islamic Iberia) assumed caliphal titles and prerogatives. Against the ambitions of his contemporary rivals, the Abbasids and the Fatimids, he quickly reasserted Umayyad dynastic claims to the unique and universal leadership of the Muslims. As he and his successor promoted their legitimacy, they generated an ideology that infused and defined the political culture of al-Andalus.

The Second Umayyad Caliphate recovers the Andalusi Umayyad argument for caliphal legitimacy through an analysis of caliphal rhetoric--based on proclamations, correspondence, and panegyric poetry--and caliphal ideology, as shown through monuments, ceremony, and historiography. This study of the tenth-century caliphates deepens our understanding of the political culture of the Iberian Peninsula at the height of centralized Islamic rule.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780932885241
Publisher: Harvard University, Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Publication date: 02/28/2001
Series: Harvard Middle Eastern Monographs Series , #33
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Janina M. Safran is Assistant Professor of History at Pennsylvania State University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

PART I: MAKING THE CLAIM

CALIPHAL ARTICULATIONS OF LEGITIMACY

Defining the Caliphate

The Symbolic Articulation of Legitimacy: Monuments and Ceremony

The Caliphate in Captivity

PART II: STAKING THE CLAIM

HISTORIOGRAPHICAL CONSTRUCTIONS OF LEGITIMACY

Introduction

The Conquest Histories: The Foundations of the Umayyad Caliphate in al-Andalus

Al-Andalus: Land of the Umayyads

CONCLUSION

THE ANDALUSI UMAYYAD CALIPHATE IN RETROSPECT

Endnotes

Bibliography

Index

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