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The Muslim Conquest of Iberia: Medieval Arabic Narratives (Culture and Civilization in the Middle East)
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Medieval Islamic society set great store by the transmission of history: to edify, argue legal points, explain present conditions, offer political and religious legitimacy, and entertain. Modern scholars, too, have had much to say about the usefulness of early Islamic history-writing, although this debate has traditionally focused overwhelmingly on the central Islamic lands.
This book looks instead at local and regional history-writing in Medieval Iberia. Drawing on numerous Arabic texts historical, geographical and biographical composed and transmitted in al-Andalus, North Africa and the Islamic east between the ninth and fourteenth centuries, Nicola Clarke offers a nuanced and detailed analysis of narratives about the eighth-century Muslim conquest of Iberia. Comparing how individual episodes, characters, and themes are treated in different texts, and how this treatment relates to intellectual debates, literary trends, and socio-political conditions at the time of writing, she shows how competing priorities shaped myriad variations on a single story and how the scholars and patrons of a corner of the Islamic world distant from Baghdad viewed their own history.
Offering a framework in which historians of Christian Iberia (and of Christian Europe more generally) can approach and make sense of culturally-significant texts from Muslim Iberia, this book will also be relevant to broader debates about the historiography of early Islam. As such, it will be of great interest to scholars of historiography, world history and Islamic studies.
Book News Annotation:
Part of a series on civilization and cultural transmission in the Middle East, this monograph on the historiography of western Muslim writers on the subject of the eighth century conquest of the Iberian peninsula, examines the distinct cultural and political significance of historical narratives from the ninth through the fourteenth centuries. Beginning with an overview of the historical context of conquest narratives, the volume examines specific motifs including "otherness" and infidels, the transmission of history with contemporary motivations, east and west in Arab geography, traitors and collaborators, and differences and similarities between Arabic conquest narratives in the West and East. Clarke is a professor of history at Lancaster University, UK. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This book explores the medieval Islamic historiography relating to the Arab conquest of Spain in 711, arguing that the body of medieval Arabic tradition about this conquest is a showcase for the diversity and creativity of medieval Islamic history-writing. Developed over six hundred years of writing and rewriting, by scholars from al-Andalus to Iran, the tradition shows how competing priorities shaped myriad variations on a single story - and, in particular, how the scholars and patrons of a corner of the Islamic world distant from Baghdad viewed their own history.
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