IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 825: Rulership in the Latin West, the Byzantine Commonwealth, and the Islamic World: Counsel and Advice, IV

Tuesday 11 July 2006, 16.30-18.00

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:Björn Weiler, Department of History & Welsh History, Aberystwyth University
Paper 825-aAdvising the Prince
(Language: English)
Charlotte Roueché, Department of Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies / Department of Classics, King's College London
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Language and Literature - Greek, Political Thought, Rhetoric
Paper 825-bCouncils of War in the Narratives of the Early Muslim Conquests
(Language: English)
Hugh Kennedy, Department of Mediaeval History, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 825-cAbbasid Intrigues: Competing for Influence at the Caliph’s Court
(Language: English)
Letizia Osti, Department of Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies, King's College London
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

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.