Ibn Khaldun and the Medieval Maghrib (Variorum Collected Studies CS 627)

Ibn Khaldun and the Medieval Maghrib (Variorum Collected Studies CS 627)

By: Michael Brett (author)Hardback

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The book deals with the history of North Africa in the Middle Ages. It examines the formation of a society increasingly influenced by Arabic, as well as Islamic, culture after the Arab conquests of the 7th and early 8th centuries which gradually brought the Roman Christian civilisation of the region to an end. The subject and the theme derive to a large extent from the work of Ibn Khaldun at the end of the 14th century, whose indentification of the native Berbers as a subject of historical enquiry defined the place, the period, and the population to be studied. The collection is divided into two halves, the first dealing with the formation of an Islamic state system, the second with that of an Islamic society in which Arabism played an increasing part. Both look forward to the religious and political developments of the early modern period.

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Michael Brett, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK


Contents: Introduction; Part One: Islam and State: The Islamisation of Morocco from the Arabs to the Almoravids; Ifriqiya as a market for Saharan trade from the 10th to the 12th century AD; The Mim, the 'Ayn, and the making of Isma'ilism; The realm of the Imam: the Fatimids in the 10th century; Islam and trade in the Bilad al - Sudan, 10th-11th centuries AD; The lamp of the Almohads: illumination as a political idea in 12th-century Morocco; Morocco and the Ottomans: the 16th century in North Africa; Part Two: the Banu Hilal: Fatimid historiography: a case study - the quarrel with the Zirids, 1048-58; The Flood of the Dam and the Sons of the New Moon; The way of the nomad; Arabs, Berbers and holy men in Southern Ifriqiya 650-750 AH /1250-1350 AD; Part Three: Cities: The armies of Ifriqiya, 1052-1160; Muslim justice under infidel rule: the Normans in Ifriqiya 517-555 AH/1123-60 AD; The city-state in medieval Ifriqiya: the case of Tripoli; Ibn Khaldun and the dynastic approach to local history: the case of Biskra; Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 15/03/1999
  • ISBN13: 9780860787723
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 312
  • ID: 9780860787723
  • weight: 571
  • ISBN10: 0860787729

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