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Rituals of Islamic Monarchy: Accession and Succession in the First Muslim Empire

Andrew Marsham


This history explores the ceremony of the oath of allegiance to the caliph from the time of the Prophet Muhammad until the fragmentation of the caliphate in the late ninth and tenth centuries in Syria and Iraq. The book examines how caliphs sought to proclaim their status as the representatives of God's covenant on earth through syntheses of Roman and Iranian royal ritual and customs and practices brought from pre-Islamic and early Islamic Arabia. The study of royal rituals of accession and succession in Christian Rome, Byzantium and the early Medieval West has generated an extensive literatur ... More

Keywords: ceremony, oath of allegiance, caliph, Prophet Muhammad, caliphate, God's covenant, Roman, Iranian royal ritual, pre-Islamic, Islamic Arabia

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780748625123
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625123.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Marsham, author

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