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The Aghlabids and Their Neighbours: Art and Material Culture in Ninth-Century North Africa.


The Aghlabids and Their Neighbours: Art and Material Culture in Ninth-Century North Africa

Edited by Glaire D. Anderson, Corisande Fenwick, and Mariam Rosser-Owen



688 pages



Handbook of Oriental studies; Section One: The Near and Middle East; Volume 122


Historians and archaeologists offer an interdisciplinary and transregional perspective on the Aghlabid dynasty and ninth-century North Africa to highlight the region's important interchange with other medieval societies in the Mediterranean and beyond. They examine state building, monuments: the physical construction of power, ceramics: morphology and mobility, neighbors: North Africa and the Central Mediterranean in the ninth century, and legacy. Among specific topics are reinterpreting the Aghlabids' Sicilian policy 827-910, the marble panels in the Mihrab of the Great Mosque of Kairouan, the Zaytona: the mosque of a rebellious city, Aghlabid Palermo: written sources and archaeological evidence, Idris I and the Berbers, and the Palermo Qur'an (AH 372/982-3 CE) and its historical context. Some of the 29 essays are from a May 2014 conference in London, and the others are invited originals. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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