Rulers As Authors in the Islamic World : : Knowledge, Authority and Legitimacy.

"How widespread was authorship among rulers in the premodern Islamic world? The writings of different types of rulers in different regions and periods are analyzed in this book, from the early centuries in the central lands of Islam to 19th century Sudan. The composition of poetry appears as th...

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Superior document:Islamic History and Civilization Series ; v.213
Place / Publishing House:Boston : : BRILL,, 2024.
Year of Publication:2024
Edition:1st ed.
Series:Islamic History and Civilization Series
Physical Description:1 online resource (691 pages)
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Table of Contents:
  • Intro
  • ‎Contents
  • ‎Figures
  • ‎Tables
  • ‎Notes on Contributors
  • ‎Introduction (Fierro, Brentjes and Seidensticker)
  • ‎Part 1. The early period
  • ‎1. Rulers as Authors: ʿAlī b. Abī Ṭālib and the Other Twelver Imams (Bernheimer)
  • ‎2. Eloquent Exchange: Asceticism and Shirāʾ in the Poetry of Qaṭarī b. al-Fujāʾa (Gaiser)
  • ‎3. A 'Rediscovered' Letter of the Umayyad Caliph ʿUmar b. ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz (r. 99-101/717-720) (Anthony)
  • ‎4. Abbasid Rulers and Their Standing as Authors (Osti)
  • ‎Part 2. Caliphs and Messianic figures
  • ‎5. Zaydī Rulership and Authorship: A Quest for Legitimacy. The Case of al-Muʾayyad bi-llāh Abū l-Ḥusayn al-Hārūnī (333-411/945-1021) (Jarrar)
  • ‎6. The Caliph al-Qādir bi-llāh and the Qādirī Creed (Holtzman)
  • ‎7. Do Caliphs Write? The View from the Islamic West (Ávila and Fierro)
  • ‎8. Authority, ijāzāt and Politics: Caliph al-Nāṣir li-Dīn Allāh's Kitāb Rūḥ al-ʿārifīn (7th/13th Century Baghdad) (Hartmann)
  • ‎9. The Pen and the Sword: The Case of the Sudanese Mahdī (Abushouk and Kramer)
  • ‎Part 3. Emirs and sultans
  • ‎10. Entre l'épée et le calame: Abū l-Fidāʾ, prince et savant ayyoubide (Eddé)
  • ‎11. The Persian Quatrains of Sultan Toghrïl b. Arslan (d. 590/1194): Reflections on the Literacy and Culture of the Saljuqs (Durand-Guédy)
  • ‎12. Royal Quatrains: Rulers of the Anūshteginid Line of Khwārazmshāhs as Poets (Paul)
  • ‎13. Rulers as Authors in 13th-Century Yemen: The Oeuvre of al-Ashraf ʿUmar (Schmidl)
  • ‎14. Non-caliphal Rulers and Their Writings in the Islamic West (2nd-9th/8th-15th Centuries) (Fierro)
  • ‎15. Legitimating Sultanic Rule in Arabic, Turkish and Persian-Late Mamluk Rulers as Authors of Religious Poetry (Mauder)
  • ‎Part 4. The great empires: Timurids-Mughals, Ottomans, Safavids.
  • ‎16. The Ottoman Ruler Poet Sultan Süleyman i, His Third Divan, and His Reception beyond the Palace Walls (Czygan)
  • ‎17. The Power of Poetry in the Ottoman Context (Sinem Eryılmaz)
  • ‎18. Timurid-Mughal Philosopher-Kings as Sultan-Scientists (Melvin-Koushki)
  • ‎19. Shah Ṭahmāsp and the Taẕkira: A Sixteenth-Century Ruler's Justification of His Policies (Bockholt)
  • ‎Index.