IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1534: Chronicles as Archives in Medieval Islamic Contexts, I

Thursday 6 July 2017, 09.00-10.30

Organisers:Fozia Bora, School of Languages, Cultures & Societies - Arabic, Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies, University of Leeds
Ann R. Christys, Independent Scholar, Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Arezou Azad, School of History & Cultures, University of Birmingham
Paper 1534-aChronicles as Archives in Medieval Islamic Contexts: An Introduction
(Language: English)
Fozia Bora, School of Languages, Cultures & Societies - Arabic, Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Islamic and Arabic Studies
Paper 1534-bDocuments in al-Balahdhuri's Conquests of the Lands
(Language: English)
Hugh Kennedy, Department of the Languages & Cultures of the Near & Middle East, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Islamic and Arabic Studies
Paper 1534-cThe Capture of Baghdad in Fatimid Historical Memory: The Evidence for an Official Court Account, c. 450 AH
(Language: English)
Mathew Barber, School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures - Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies, University of Edinburgh
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Islamic and Arabic Studies
Abstract

In the medieval Islamic world, in contrast to the Christian West, documents were rarely preserved in archives. Yet chroniclers often mentioned documents and sometimes quoted from them. This session will begin with a general introduction to the topic, illustrated from the speaker’s own research. The second paper will consider how documents were incorporated into a history of the Islamic conquests and how they functioned in contemporary debates on inter-communal relations. The third speaker will argue that accounts of the capture of Baghdad by in later Fatimid, Ayyubid and Mamluk chronicles were based on Fatimid archival records that have not survived.