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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

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

Andrew Marsham

Edinburgh University Press

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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