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The Articulation of Power in Medieval Iberia and the Maghrib

Amira K. Bennison


This volume explores how rulers in medieval Iberia and the Maghrib presented their rule and what strategies they adopted to persuade their subjects of their legitimacy. It focuses on the Naṣrids of Granada and the Marīnids of Morocco who both ruled from the mid-thirteenth to the later fifteenth century. One of the book's main arguments is that the legitimating strategies of these monarchs developed out of a common political culture that straddled the straits of Gibraltar. This culture was mediated by constant transfers of people, ideas and commodities across the straits and a political histori ... More

Keywords: Marīnids, Nasrids, religiopolitical legitimation, the Maghrib, al-Andalus, Islamic governance, state ceremonial, jihād, urban-rural relations

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780197265697
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265697.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amira K. Bennison, editor
Reader in the History and Culture of the Maghrib, Department of Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge

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Part 1 Laying the Groundwork

1 Introduction

Amira K. Bennison

Part 2 Genealogy, Titulature and Propaganda

Part 3 Ceremonies and Ritual Performances

8 On Muḥammad V, Ibn al-Khaṭīb and Sufism

Cynthia Robinson and Amalia Zomeño

Part 4 Legitimation outside the City

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