IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 133: The Early Islamic World, I: Umayyad Rule, Law, and Religion

Monday 6 July 2015, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Centre for Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW) / 'Early Islamic World' Research Network, University of Edinburgh
Organisers:Ann R. Christys, Independent Scholar, Leeds
Andrew Marsham, School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures, University of Edinburgh
Moderator/Chair:Andrew Marsham, School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures, University of Edinburgh
Paper 133-aArab Dominion, Umayyad Kingship: Species of Mulk in the Early Islamic Polity
(Language: English)
Sean W. Anthony, Department of History, University of Oregon
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Political Thought
Paper 133-bAl-Awza'i and the Umayyad Influence on Islamic Legal Development
(Language: English)
Steven Judd, Department of History, Southern Connecticut State University
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Law, Political Thought
Paper 133-cEthnicity and Power in the Umayyad Era: The Case of Ma'add
(Language: English)
Peter Webb, Department of the Languages & Cultures of the Near & Middle East, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Law, Political Thought, Social History
Abstract

Early ‘Islamic History’ is the mid-point of a process – it is not so much the mission of Muhammad (d. 632) and the 7th-century foundation of the Muslim Empire as the transformation of that empire after 750 that in fact marks a significant break with the past. With this recognition have come new approaches to thinking about the nature of the earliest Muslim empire – often in a comparative world historical perspective – as well as to thinking about the development of the religion of Islam itself. The first session of the ‘Early Islamic World’ Research Network will focus on these developments in the law and politics of the Islamic heartlands.