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Genealogy and Knowledge in Muslim Societies: Understanding the Past

Sarah Bowen Savant and Helena de Felipe


This collection of nine case studies provides an understanding of genealogy in Muslim societies and highlights how ideas about kinship and descent have shaped communal and national identities in such societies. The volume provides a window onto Muslim societies, particularly with regard to the generation, preservation and manipulation of genealogical knowledge. The case studies draw on primary sources from across the Middle East, the Maghreb, and Sub-Saharan Africa, ranging from works of classical Arabic heritage to oral testimonies gained from fieldwork. They stress the malleability of kinshi ... More

Keywords: genealogy, Muslim societies, Middle East, Maghreb, Sub-Saharan Africa, classical Arabic, kinship, descent, genealogical knowledge

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780748644971
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748644971.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Bowen Savant, editor
Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, Aga Khan University

Helena de Felipe, editor
Universidad de Alcalá

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