The politics of book burning in al-Andalus

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Six public book burnings took place in al-Andalus and the Maghrib from the middle of the tenth to the end of the twelfth century under five different regimes: Umayyad, Amirid, Abbadid, Almoravid, and Almohad. Examining each book burning in its political context provides insight into how rulers and jurists negotiated power in varied ways. Locating each burning in a developing series deepens understanding of its significance as a particular expression of negotiated power in comparative terms, and demonstrates how book burning became a symbol linking successive regimes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)148-168
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Medieval Iberian Studies
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 3 2014

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In: Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies, Vol. 6, No. 2, 03.07.2014, p. 148-168.

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