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IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 625: Rulership in the Latin West, the Byzantine Commonwealth, and the Islamic World: Counsel and Advice, II

Tuesday 11 July 2006, 11.15-12.45

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:Jo Van Steenbergen, School of History, University of St Andrews
Paper 625-aWhere Advice Meets Criticism in 11th-Century Byzantium: Theophylact of Ohrid and John the Oxite, and their (Re)presentations to the Emperor (unconfirmed)
(Language: English)
Peter Frankopan, Worcester College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Politics and Diplomacy, Rhetoric
Paper 625-b'The martyrs are his allies': On the Divine Protection of Rulers in Byzantium and Rus
(Language: English)
Monica White, Department of Slavonic Studies, University of Cambridge
Paper 625-cThe Banu Jahir and their Role in the Abbasid and Saljuq Administration
(Language: English)
Eric J. Hanne, Department of History, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton
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.