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The ʿAlidsThe First Family of Islam, 750-1200$
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Teresa Bernheimer

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748638475

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638475.001.0001

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Shifting Hierarchies and Emphasising Kinship: ʿAlid Marriage Patterns

Shifting Hierarchies and Emphasising Kinship: ʿAlid Marriage Patterns

(p.32) 3 Shifting Hierarchies and Emphasising Kinship: ʿAlid Marriage Patterns
The ʿAlids

Teresa Bernheimer

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses the ʻAlids' financial privileges, false claimants to ʻAlid status, and the ʻAlids' marriage patterns. It shows that as they rose to the top of the hierarchy of Muslim society, the ʻAlids increasingly married within the family; even though there is little in Shiʻite or Sunni law to restrict explicitly marriage choices, ʻAlid women came overwhelmingly to marry ʻAlid men. Maternal lineage also mattered, much more than is usually accounted for. Cognate relations formed the basis of social and political alliances and could determine and explain the behaviour of a clan. Marriage patterns reveal the internal workings of the ʻAlids more clearly than any other accounts.

Keywords:   ʻAlids, finance, marriage, Muslim society, clans, Islamic society

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