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Janina M. Safran
Pennsylvania State University, Main Campus (University Park, PA 16802-7000)

The Symbols and Politics of Almoravid Rule: Negotiating Power in the Medieval Islamic West

"The Symbols and Politics of Almoravid Rule" will provide a case specific historical analysis of three inter-related subjects that are relevant to understanding Islamic rule in North and West Africa: how rulers defined and expressed their legitimacy in ways that integrated or failed to integrate diverse Arab and Berber societies and cultures; how politics between the ruler and leading legal-religious scholars defined regime and community; and how events and individuals challenged the legitimacy and structure of rule and how the regime adapted to these challenges.

Project fields:
African History; Near and Middle Eastern History

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$25,200 (approved)
$25,200 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2014 – 12/31/2014