Journals Higher Education



Published: 30 May 2014

164 Pages

9.21 x 6.14 inches

ISBN: 9780748644971

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Genealogy and Knowledge in Muslim Societies

Understanding the Past

First Edition

Edited by Sarah Bowen Savant and Helena de Felipe

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Exploring Muslim Contexts

  • Draws on primary sources from across the Middle East, the Maghreb, and Sub-Saharan Africa, ranging from works of the classical Arabic heritage to oral testimonies gained from fieldwork
  • Questions how genealogical knowledge has been generated, how it has empowered political and religious elites and how it has shaped understandings about the past - including those of modern scholars
  • Examines the authenticity, legitimacy and institutionalisation of genealogical knowledge
  • Looks at the bases for sectarian, tribal, ethnic and other identities
  • Explores hierarchy and grounds for prestige and infamy

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