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Symbols of Authority in Medieval Islam: History, Religion and Muslim Legitimacy in the Delhi Sultanate

Symbols of Authority in Medieval Islam: History, Religion and Muslim Legitimacy in the Delhi Sultanate
Blain H Auer

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With the execution of the Abbasid caliph in Al-Musta'sim in 1258, Sunni authority and legitimacy in Baghdad began to disintegrate, and the recently established Delhi Sultanate became a new focus for the development of Muslim societies amidst a global shift in Islamic authority. Here Blain Auer investigates the ways three historians living in India during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, Minhaj Siraj Juzjani, Ziya' al-Din Barani and al-Din Siraj 'Afif, narrated the religious values of Muslim sovereigns through the process of history writing. Aiding the project of empire building, these historians and intellectuals drew up an idea of an Islamic heritage that invented and reinterpreted conceptions of a historically rooted Muslim authority. With fresh insights on the intersections between religion, politics and historiography, this book will be indispensable for all those interested in Islamic studies, history, religion, politics and South Asia.

Author Info

Blain H. Auer is Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at Western Michigan University, Michigan. He specializes in Islam in the context of premodern South Asia. In particular, he studies the representations of Islamic authority exhibited through the use of the Qur'an, Hadith, exegesis and history writing produced during the Delhi Sultanate. A second area of research focuses on modern ritual, pilgrimage and relics connected with the burial places of the special dead in Islam.


'...a welcome addition to this debate and advocates a more nuanced approach to the whole issue.'
Journal of Islamic Studies

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: Library of South Asian History and Culture

ISBN: 9781848855670
Publication Date: 29 Jun 2012
Number of Pages: 256
Height: 216
Width: 134
Illustrations: 12 bw integrated illustrations

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