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Defining Boundaries in al-AndalusMuslims, Christians, and Jews in Islamic Iberia$
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Janina M. Safran

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451836

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451836.001.0001

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The Structuring of Umayyad Rule

The Structuring of Umayyad Rule

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(p.35) Chapter 1 The Structuring of Umayyad Rule
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Defining Boundaries in al-Andalus
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Janina M. Safran

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451836.003.0002

This chapter presents an overview of the establishment of Umayyad authority in al-Andalus during the ninth and tenth centuries. It examines how political identity is expressed in religious terms and how the political and religious authorities worked together in determining who was an insider or an outsider to the Muslim community. Particularly, the principles of Umayyad dynastic legitimacy and authority, as well as the regime's exercise of power, structured Umayyad rule and the political culture of al-Andalus in the ninth and tenth centuries. The chapter aims to provide a political context for understanding social and legal boundary making in al-Andalus, as well as to elaborate the role played by the ruling dynasty in defining political community.

Keywords:   Umayyad dynasty, al-Andalus, Muslim community, political identity, religious authorities, boundary making

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