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Hospitality, Charity and Political Legitimacy in Pre-modern Morocco

Hospitality, Charity and Political Legitimacy in Pre-modern Morocco

Chapter:
(p.175) 9 Hospitality, Charity and Political Legitimacy in Pre-modern Morocco
Source:
The Articulation of Power in Medieval Iberia and the Maghrib
Author(s):
Mohamed El Mansour
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265697.003.0009

History has been defined as the craft of understanding the past. However, to understand the past the historian needs to go beyond the classical narrative approach and investigate phenomena which a few decades ago looked trivial to the historian or at best seemed to belong to other areas of scholarship such as anthropology or sociology. Hospitality is one of these issues, the investigation of which allows us to have a clearer picture of power relations. This paper looks at the role of hospitality in premodern Maghribī society as a legitimising factor both in the religious and political fields and the competition between the two.

Keywords:   hospitality, charity, royal generosity, Sufi, zāwiya, feeding, patronage, legitimacy

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