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Rituals of Islamic MonarchyAccession and Succession in the First Muslim Empire$
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Andrew Marsham

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748625123

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625123.001.0001

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Marwanid Rituals of Accession and Succession

Marwanid Rituals of Accession and Succession

(p.134) Chapter 7 Marwanid Rituals of Accession and Succession
Rituals of Islamic Monarchy

Andrew Marsham

Edinburgh University Press

Because of the secondary and very fragmentary literary evidence for Marwanid rituals of accession and succession, only a fraction of their symbolic resonances can now be glimpsed. However, when the texts are read alongside the material evidence for the architectural settings of rituals of accession and succession, and the evidence for the regalia and dress of the ruler, form and meaning of these rituals can be derived. This chapter focuses on the Marwanid rituals of accession and succession. It provides a general picture of the location of the ceremonial of Marwanid accession and succession, the sequence of events and participation in these events. The chapter also discusses the physical appearance and regalia of the caliph as seen in the surviving Umayyad images of him.

Keywords:   rituals of accession, rituals succession, accession and succession, regalia, Marwanid rituals, caliph

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