Symbols of Authority in Medieval Islam : History, Religion, and Muslim Legitimacy in the Delhi Sultanate

Title

Symbols of Authority in Medieval Islam : History, Religion, and Muslim Legitimacy in the Delhi Sultanate

Department

Comparative Religion

Document Type

Book

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Description

With the execution of the Abbasid caliph Al-Musta'sim in 1258, Sunni authority and legitimacy in Baghdad began to disintegrate. Amidst a global shift in Islamic authority, the recently established Delhi Sultanate became a new focal point for the development of Muslim societies. Here Blain Auer investigates the ways three historians living in India during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, Minhaj Siraj Juzjani, Ziya' al-Din Barani and Shams al-Din Siraj 'Afif, narrated the religious values of Muslim sovereigns through the process of history writing. Aiding the project of empire building, these intellectuals drew up an idea of an Islamic heritage that invented and reinterpreted conceptions of a historically rooted Muslim authority. With fresh insights on the intersections between religion, politics, and historiography, this book will be indispensable for all those interested in Islamic studies, history, religion, politics, and South Asia.

ISBN

9781848855670

Publication Date

2012

Publisher

I.B. Tauris

City

London, New York

Keywords

Islam, medieval, Delhi Sultanate, history writing

Disciplines

History of Religion | Islamic World and Near East History | Medieval History