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The Muslim conquest of Iberia : medieval Arabic narratives

Author: Nicola Clarke
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2012.
Series: Culture and civilisation in the Middle East.
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Genre/Form: Early works
History
Early works to 1800
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nicola Clarke
ISBN: 9780415673204 0415673208 9780203180891 0203180895
OCLC Number: 694393713
Description: xvi, 243 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgements --
Abbreviations --
List of authors and rulers --
Introduction --
The conquest of Iberia: outline of events --
1. Conceptualizing conquest: the late antique historiographical backdrop --
The rise of providential history --
The coming of Islam --
Iberian models and Islam --
Conclusion --
2. Successors, jurists, and propagandists: reconstructing the transmission history of Spanish conquest narratives --
Seeking origins, or problems in Islamic historiography --
Egypt: legends, law, and loot --
Isnad extrapolation and the question of the tabi'un --
The Cordoban Umayyads and issues of land ownership --
3. Accommodating outsiders, obeying stereotypes: mawali and muwalladun in narratives of the conquest --
Wala': accommodating outsiders and reinforcing hierarchy --
How wala' operated in early Islamic society --
Non-Arabs in al-Andalus: mawali and muwalladun --
Mawali in the conquest narratives --
Conclusion --
4. To the ends of the earth: extremes of east and west in Arabic geographical and 'aja'ib writings --
The view from Baghdad: aspects of medieval Muslim geography --
Expressing conceptual boundaries: distinguishing internal from external --
Liminal spaces --
Constructing al-Andalus --
5. The Table of Solomon: a historiographical motif and its functions --
The Temple of Jerusalem and its artistic and historiographical afterlife --
Royal treasure hoards and the question of Visigothic legitimacy --
Solomon's Table in the Muslim historiographical tradition --
Conclusion --
6. Excusing and explaining conquest: traitors and collaborators in Muslim and Christian sources --
Literary devices in historical writing --
Traitor type 1: the plot device --
Traitor type 2: the rogue insider --
Traitor type 3: the romantic antihero --
Traitor type 4: the disaffected faction --
Conclusion --
7. On the other side of the world: comparing narratives of contemporary Islamic conquests in the east --
The basic stories of the eastern narratives --
Texts for the eastern narratives --
The major themes of the eastern narratives --
Conclusion: points of correspondence --
Conclusion: history on the margins --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: Culture and civilisation in the Middle East.
Responsibility: Nicola Clarke.

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