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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 620: Ceremonial Banquets in Muslim Court Societies

Tuesday 5 July 2016, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Departamento da História, Universidade de Lisboa
Organiser:Hermenegildo Fernandes, Centro de História, Universidade de Lisboa
Moderator/Chair:Hermenegildo Fernandes, Centro de História, Universidade de Lisboa
Paper 620-aFeast without Food?: Umayyad Andalusi Ceremonial in a Comparative Perspective, 9th-10th Centuries
(Language: English)
Elsa Cardoso, Centro de História, Universidade de Lisboa
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 620-bUnderstanding Medieval Umayyad Court Society: The Role of the munya as a Backdrop for Drinking Parties and Romantic Trysts
(Language: English)
Fatima Rhorchi, The School of Law, Economics & Social Sciences, Université Moulay Ismaïl, Morocco
Index terms: Architecture - Secular, Islamic and Arabic Studies
Paper 620-cThe Kings' Gardeners: filaha Experts in 11th-Century al-Andalus
(Language: English)
Ana Miranda, Departamento da História, Universidade de Lisboa
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Science

This panel aims to discuss the role of feast and food in Muslim court societies of al-Andalus in the 9th to 11th centuries. From official diplomatic and religious receptions at the Umayyad palace to intimate drinking parties held at private munyas, the feast was the culmination of ceremonial display, descriptions of which have survived in literary and popular traditions. Andalusi court gardens were also scholarly centres for agrarian and food innovations, which persisted in taifa kingdoms. The court played the role of a propagating centre of Andalusi culture, intrinsically articulated within the Mediterranean circulation and frame, from Cordoba to Byzantium and Bagdad.