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IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 525: Rulership in the Latin West, the Byzantine Commonwealth, and the Islamic World: Counsel and Advice, I

Tuesday 11 July 2006, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Majestas: Association for the Study of Rulership / British Academy Network 'Political Culture in Comparison'
Organisers:Jonathan Shepard, Independent Scholar, Oxford
Jo Van Steenbergen, School of History, University of St Andrews
Björn Weiler, Department of History & Welsh History, Aberystwyth University
Moderator/Chair:Hugh Kennedy, Department of Mediaeval History, University of St Andrews
Paper 525-aCounsels of Caution: Impetuous Emperors and Byzantium's Bulgarian Problem
(Language: English)
Francesco Dall'Aglio, Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici, Università di Roma 'La Sapienza'
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Historiography - Medieval
Paper 525-bThe Pious and the Military Advisors of Nur al-Din, 1146-1174: The Sultan of Syria
(Language: English)
Yaacov Lev, Department of Middle Eastern History, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan
Index terms: Crusades, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 525-cThe Advisory Council of al-Nasir Muhammad (d. 1341): The Life and Times of a Mamluk Institution
(Language: English)
Jo Van Steenbergen, School of History, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Politics and Diplomacy

The geographical sweep of the papers will include the western Christian, Byzantine, and Islamic worlds, and the aim will be to explore how historians with geographically, culturally, and chronologically divergent interests tackle comparable questions and phenomena. We aim both to foster an exchange of ideas and methodological approaches, and also to define more clearly the differences as well as the parallels between the various political communities around the Mediterranean, and in Northern and Eastern Europe. The themes in the papers will include spiritual advice, counsellors and advisors at court, rulers and their subjects, good and bad counsellors, and criticism and loyalty.