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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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Alliance and Allegiance in Pre-Islamic Arabia

Alliance and Allegiance in Pre-Islamic Arabia

(p.24) Chapter 1 Alliance and Allegiance in Pre-Islamic Arabia
Rituals of Islamic Monarchy

Andrew Marsham

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter traces the pre-Islamic history of alliance and allegiance in the Arabian Peninsula. Tracing the alliance and allegiance in the pre-Islamic Arabia lends a fuller understanding on why the ‘pledge of allegiance’ assumed the precise form and importance that it did in Islam. The evidence of the Arabic-Islamic tradition is combined with that of archaeologically extant inscriptions and other, non-Arabian literary evidence for pre-Islamic Arabia. This long, pre-Islamic perspective is crucial to understanding the origins and early development of Islam within the context of established Arabian monotheist political and communal traditions. This chapter discusses the alliance in late antique Arabia; the hilf alliance in pre-Islamic poetry; allegiance in late antique Arabia; and authority and the sacred in the pre-Islamic Arabia.

Keywords:   history of alliance, allegiance, pre-Islamic Arabia, hilf alliance, authority

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