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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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The Marwanid Patrimony and Dynastic Succession

The Marwanid Patrimony and Dynastic Succession

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(p.113) Chapter 6 The Marwanid Patrimony and Dynastic Succession
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Rituals of Islamic Monarchy
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Andrew Marsham

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625123.003.0009

This chapter discusses the Marwanid patrimony and dynastic succession. During the Marwanid times, two successors were usually recognised in a stipulated order. The Muslims, or their representatives swore allegiance (bay،a) to the nominated successors, and this effected a change in their status: they became the wali al-،ahds (two successors to the covenant). Thus, the walayat al-،ahds (succession to the covenant) was an adaptation of existing Arabian custom in which leadership was recognised by a pledge of allegiance.

Keywords:   Marwanid patrimony, dynastic succession, bay،a, wali al-،ahds, walayat al-،ahds

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