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The Seljuqs

Politics, Society and Culture

Christian Lange, Songül Mecit

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Despite the many important developments and innovations traceable to the Seljuq period (5th-7th/11th-13th centuries), the Seljuqs remain one of the understudied Muslim dynasties. This unique collaborative exploration of the Seljuqs' achievement contributes to the growing interest in this pivotal dynasty. The various chapters in this volume cover a representative geographical spectrum, from Central Asia and Persia to Iraq, Syria and Anatolia, and address novel questions such as the ideological foundations and ritual expressions of Seljuq power, the mutual attitudes of the learned classes and the Seljuq state, the organization of space, and the relationship between nomads and the settled peoples.

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Contents

PART I. POLITICS: 1. THE ORIGINS OF THE SELJUQS , C. Edmund Bosworth, University of Manchester
2. ASPECTS OF THE COURT OF THE GREAT SELJUQS , Carole Hillenbrand, University of Edinburgh
3. ‘SOVEREIGN AND PIOUS’: THE RELIGIOUS LIFE OF THE GREAT SELJUQ SULTANS
D. G. Tor, University of Notre Dame
4. KINGSHIP AND IDEOLOGY UNDER THE RUM SELJUQS , Songül Mecit, University of Edinburgh
5. SELJUQ LEGITIMACY IN ISLAMIC HISTORY, A. C. S. Peacock, British Institute at Ankara
PART II. SOCIETY: 6. ARSLĀN ARGHŪN – NOMADIC REVIVAL?


Jürgen Paul, University of Halle
7. CONTROLLING AND DEVELOPING BAGHDAD: CALIPHS, SULTANS AND THE BALANCE OF POWER IN THE ABBASID CAPITAL (MID-5TH/11TH TO LATE 6TH/12TH CENTURIES) , Vanessa Van Renterghem, Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, Paris
8. THE SELJUQS AND THE PUBLIC SPHERE IN THE PERIOD OF SUNNI REVIVALISM: THE VIEW FROM BAGHDAD , Daphna Ephrat, The Open University of Israel
9. CHANGES IN THE OFFICE OF ḤISBA UNDER THE SELJUQS, Christian Lange, Utrecht University
10. AN EMBLEMATIC FAMILY OF SELJUQ IRAN: THE KHUJANDĪS OF ISFAHAN, David Durand-Guédy, University of Halle
Part III. Culture: 11. SHIʿI JURISPRUDENCE DURING THE SELJUQ PERIOD: REBELLION AND PUBLIC ORDER IN AN ILLEGITIMATE STATE, Robert Gleave, University of Exeter
12. IN DEFENCE OF SUNNISM: AL-GHAZĀLĪ AND THE SELJUQS , Massimo Campanini, L’università degli studi di Napoli ‘L’Orientale’


13. ARABIC AND PERSIAN INTERTEXTUALITY IN THE SELJUQ PERIOD: ḤAMĪDĪ’S MAQĀMĀT AS A CASE STUDY , Vahid Behmardi, Lebanese American University
14. CITY BUILDING IN SELJUQ RUM , Scott Redford, Georgetown University
15. THE SELJUQ MONUMENTS OF TURKMENISTAN,


Robert Hillenbrand, University of Edinburgh
Index

About the Author

Christian Lange is Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. He is author of Justice, Punishment and the Medieval Muslim Imagination (2008) and co-editor (with Maribel Fierro) of Public Violence in Islamic Societies: Power, Discipline and the Construction of the Public Sphere, 7th-19th Centuries (EUP, 2009).

Songül Mecit is a Part-time Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of Edinburgh.