Medieval Arabic Accounts of the Conquest of Cordoba

Subtitle: 
Creating a Narrative for a Provincial Capital
Author: 
Clarke, Nicola
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis Group
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Journal Title: 
Bulletin of the school of Oriental and African studies
Source: 
Bulletin of SOAS,Vol.74,no.1(2011),pp.41-57 ©School of Oriental and African Studies, 2011
Abstract: 

Like most early Islamic history writing, the tradition surrounding the Muslim conquest of the Iberian Peninsula in 711 is the product of later debates and priorities rather than a true reflection of eighth-century circumstances. Rather than seek to reconstruct what is lost, this article explores what the sources have to tell us about these later priorities: that is, what the authors, their patrons and their wider environment valued in the history that they retold. Its focus is the conquest of Cordoba, narratives about which entered the tradition in the tenth century, as a result of the patronage of history writing by the Umayyad caliphs Abd al-Ra man III (r. 912–61) and al- akam II (r. 961–76). These tenth-century narratives are expressions of both caliphal ideology and the writers' own status in their society.

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CITATION: Clarke, Nicola. Medieval Arabic Accounts of the Conquest of Cordoba . : Taylor & Francis Group , . Bulletin of SOAS,Vol.74,no.1(2011),pp.41-57 ©School of Oriental and African Studies, 2011 - Available at: http://library.africa-union.org/medieval-arabic-accounts-conquest-cordoba-3

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