Intriguing dreams, improbable myths, fanciful genealogies, and suspect etymologies. These were all key elements of the historical texts composed by scholars and bureaucrats on the peripheries of Islamic empires between the tenth and fifteenth centuries. But how are historians to interpret such narratives? And what can these more literary histories tell us about the people who wrote them and the times in which they lived? In this book, Mimi Hanaoka offers an innovative, interdisciplinary method of approaching these sorts of local histories from the Persianate world. By paying attention to the purpose and intention behind a text's creation, her book highlights the preoccupation with authority to rule and legitimacy within disparate regional, provincial, ethnic, sectarian, ideological and professional communities. By reading these texts in such a way, Hanaoka transforms the literary patterns of these fantastic histories into rich sources of information about identity, rhetoric, authority, legitimacy, and centre-periphery relations.Read more
- Proposes a new way of reading local histories
- Analyzes sources not usually paired together
- Adopts an interdisciplinary approach
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'… Hanaoka's book is a monumental piece of scholarship that will open important conversations among scholars of the medieval Islamic Persianate world. … Hanaoka's study of Persian local histories does much to further the scholarly debate on identities and mentalities within the medieval Perso-Islamic world and will provoke further discussion for the conceivable future on this topic. Her book should appear on every bibliography of medieval Islamic history or literature.' American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences
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- Date Published: April 2018
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107565838
- length: 319 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 152 x 17 mm
- weight: 0.48kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
2. Methodologies for reading hybrid identities and imagined histories
3. Contexts and authorship
4. Dreaming of the prophet
5. Holy bloodlines, prophetic utterances, and taxonomies of belonging
6. Living virtues of the land
7. Sacred bodies and sanctified cities
8. Prophetic etymologies and sacred spaces
9. The view from Anatolia
10. Lessons from the peripheries.
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