Session719
TitleWere the Umayyad Caliphates Empires?, I
Date/TimeTuesday 8 July 2014: 14.15-15.45
 
OrganiserAnn R. Christys, Independent Scholar, Leeds
 
Moderator/ChairAnn R. Christys, Independent Scholar, Leeds
 
Paper 719-a In What Respects Was the Umayyad Empire an Empire?
(Language: English)
Andrew Marsham, Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge
Index Terms: Historiography - Medieval; Islamic and Arabic Studies; Political Thought
Paper 719-b The Umayyad Imperial Rationale and Hijazi Elites
(Language: English)
Harry Munt, Department of History, University of York
Index Terms: Historiography - Medieval; Islamic and Arabic Studies; Political Thought
Paper 719-c Rulers and Rebels: Kharijite Resistance to Umayyad Authority in Early Islamic Historiography
(Language: English)
Hannah-Lena Hagemann, European Research Council Project 'The Early Islamic Empire at Work', Universität Hamburg
Index Terms: Historiography - Medieval; Islamic and Arabic Studies; Political Thought
 
AbstractHistorians of Islam in the early Middle Ages have used the terms 'Umayyad Caliphate' and 'Islamic empire' interchangeably, with the assumption that Umayyad rule perpetuated patterns of ancient and late antique tributary empire. This is the first of two sessions that propose to consider aspects of this question. Contributors will consider the applicability of the term 'empire' to Umayyad rule from Damascus as it is reflected in the Arabic historical tradition. This will be illustrated with special reference to the Hijaz, and to the significance of Islamic ideology for the shape of the Umayyad 'empire' and the opposition to Umayyad rule.