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Title: A political and social history of Seville under Banū 'Abbād
Author: Benaboud, M. M.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1978
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The great interest of hispanists in the more glamorous history of the Banu Umayya dynasty in al-Andalus has overshadowed the efforts of research on the Taifa period (eleventh century). Furthermore, many of the scholars who have so far studied the Taifa period are specialists in the history of the previous Banal Umayya period or periods which follow, such as that of the al-Nurabian. Consequently, there is a demand for specialisation in the Taifa period. The need for a political and social history of Seville under Hants 'Abbid is significant because, as the most powerful and influential Taifa state, Seville has sharply marked Andalusian history not only if one considers the wide scope and magnitude of its relations with the other Taifas, but also in the context of its impact on the relations of al-Andalus with Castile on the one hand and the Maghrib on the other. This thesis consists of a general introduction and survey of the primary sources, and four chapters, as follows: Chapter One: Chapter One consists of an analysis of the rise and fall of the Banta 'Abbad dynasty, with a concentration on the period of each ruler individually. Chapter Two: Chapter Two studies Seville's political system, the army, and the judicial system. The political system is viewed in terms of similarities and differences with the Banu Umayya model, on which it was based. The dominant position of the ruler in the system is emphasised. The subsection on justice is given particular importance, as the approach to Malikism in al-Andalus differs from the one generally adopted. Chapter Three: Chapter Three studies Sevillan society with a particular stress on aspects which have been overlooked in other works, such as social mobility and the Sevillan economy. Chapter Four: In Chapter Four, Seville's foreign relations are evaluated at the theoretical and actual levels in terms of Seville's relations with the Taifas, the kingdom of loon and Castile, and the Maghrib.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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