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Intrigue, Islam, and Ibn Baṭṭūṭa

Michael A. Gomez

in African Dominion: A New History of Empire in Early and Medieval West Africa

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780691196824
eISBN:
9781400888160
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691196824.003.0008
Subject:
History, African History

This chapter explores the writings of Ibn Baṭṭūṭa, which provide a glimpse into a post-Mansā Mūsā Mali in initial decline. Suffering from invidious comparison with his brother, Sulaymān's reign is ... More


Writerly Pursuits: A Compiler’s Archive

Marilyn Booth

in Classes of Ladies of Cloistered Spaces: Writing Feminist History through Biography in Fin-de-siecle Eypt

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780748694860
eISBN:
9781474408639
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694860.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This chapter discusses the biographical dictionary’s indebtedness to a long tradition in Arabic letters of prosopography and exemplarity, and specifically how Fawwaz draws on both the form and the ... More


‘The Invention of Tradition’1

Wen-chin Ouyang

in Politics of Nostalgia in the Arabic Novel: Nation-State, Modernity and Tradition

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780748655694
eISBN:
9780748684298
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748655694.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

The Arabic novel invents a tradition of Arabic storytelling and reconfigures the Arab cultural heritage. The novelists join forces with the poets in a project of fashioning a revolutionary language ... More


Introduction

Mehrdad Shokoohy and Natalie H. Shokoohy

in Bayana: The Sources of Mughal Architecture

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781474460729
eISBN:
9781474495608
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474460729.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

Bayana, were it not for its shortage of water, might have been the capital of India. Strategically located in south-east Rajasthan on the route from Delhi to Gwalior and the Deccan, it attracted the ... More


History

Mehrdad Shokoohy and Natalie H. Shokoohy

in Bayana: The Sources of Mughal Architecture

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781474460729
eISBN:
9781474495608
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474460729.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

The history of Bayana and its region is investigated from historical sources, inscriptions, and the actual buildings, beginning with its pre-Islamic origins; the conquest of Bayana by the Ghurids in ... More


Waterworks

Mehrdad Shokoohy and Natalie H. Shokoohy

in Bayana: The Sources of Mughal Architecture

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781474460729
eISBN:
9781474495608
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474460729.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

An excerpt from Ibn Baṭṭūṭa introduces the challenges of surviving in this arid region. All the existing Indian methods for harnessing and storing monsoon rain were employed in Bayana, adapted and ... More


Western Asia Minor in the 1330s

Clive Foss

in The Beginnings of the Ottoman Empire

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
February 2022
ISBN:
9780198865438
eISBN:
9780191897788
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198865438.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

An unusual abundance of contemporary sources illuminates the 1330s: the traveler Ibn Batuta, the statesman Al-Umari, al-Urtyan of Sivrihisar, and Balban the Genoese—all writing in Arabic—the Turkish ... More


Beating Time

Roger Mathew Grant

in Beating Time and Measuring Music in the Early Modern Era

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199367283
eISBN:
9780199367306
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199367283.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

Writers on music in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries conceptualized meter through motion. Their primary mode of theorizing meter was through the physical act of beating time. Although today ... More


The Beat:: A Technical History

Roger Mathew Grant

in Beating Time and Measuring Music in the Early Modern Era

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199367283
eISBN:
9780199367306
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199367283.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter aims to flesh out the early modern, motion-driven theory of the beat through a focus on the act of beating itself and the conceptual work it accomplished. It argues that the beat should ... More


Kilwa Kisiwani: Establishing a Town

Stephanie Wynne-Jones

in A Material Culture: Consumption and Materiality on the Coast of Precolonial East Africa

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780198759317
eISBN:
9780191917042
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198759317.003.0008
Subject:
Archaeology, African Archaeology

Kilwa Kisiwani is an iconic Swahili stone town, its status and international renown exceeding any other. As discussed, it is also the town that has seen some of the largest-scale archaeological ... More


One Islam, Many Muslim Worlds: Spirituality, Identity, and Resistance across the Islamic World

Raymond William Baker

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780199846474
eISBN:
9780190230784
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199846474.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Islam

Muslims today are creating a new era of Islamic Renewal. Islam’s “River of Life” has created oases from Morocco to China. The book captures the stories of ordinary Muslims living extraordinary lives, ... More


The Indian Ocean before the Arrival of Europeans

Stephanie Wynne-Jones

in A Material Culture: Consumption and Materiality on the Coast of Precolonial East Africa

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780198759317
eISBN:
9780191917042
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198759317.003.0012
Subject:
Archaeology, African Archaeology

The precolonial Swahili coast was thus a region united through particular material practices. In this volume, consumption and display have been emphasized as aspects that are very clearly evident ... More


The Nasrids Splendour and Decline

Helen Rodgers and Stephen Cavendish

in City of Illusions: A History of Granada

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780197619414
eISBN:
9780197632925
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197619414.003.0005
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter looks at Granada’s most glorious period, as well as charting the start of its decline. During the reigns of Yusuf I and his son Muhammad V, the Nasrid dynasty reached its heights. This ... More


Beyond Trade and Markets: Community and Vocation

Lamin Sanneh

in Beyond Jihad: The Pacifist Tradition in West African Islam

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780199351619
eISBN:
9780199351640
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199351619.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Islam

Called “the traveler of the age,” Ibn Battuta describes the spread of Islam in Mali, saying the people were devoted to Islam, had a reputation for hospitality, peace, and justice, and had a high ... More


Concubines on the Road: Ibn Battuta’s Slave Women

Marina A. Tolmacheva

in Concubines and Courtesans: Women and Slavery in Islamic History

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780190622183
eISBN:
9780190622213
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190622183.003.0009
Subject:
History, Middle East History, World Medieval History

The chapter considers the enslaved women belonging to Abu Abdallah Muhammad ibn Battuta (1304–1368 CE). Ibn Battuta was a serial slave owner, master of numerous concubines, and author of the renowned ... More


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