IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 327: The 'Other' in the Post-Abbasid Central Islamic Lands

Monday 3 July 2017, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Eric J. Hanne, Department of History, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton
Moderator/Chair:Fozia Bora, School of Languages, Cultures & Societies - Arabic, Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 327-aShifting Boundaries of 'Otherness' between Muslim-ness, Persian-ness, and the Turks in Samanid Khurasan
(Language: English)
Robert Haug, Department of History, University of Cincinnati, Ohio
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Political Thought
Paper 327-bThe Buyids and the Redefining of the Daylamite 'Other'
(Language: English)
Christine D. Baker, Department of History, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Political Thought
Paper 327-cThe Morphing of the Mazyadid 'Other'
(Language: English)
Eric J. Hanne, Department of History, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Political Thought
Abstract

The three papers on this panel address the complex manifestation(s) of the ‘other’ in the 10th-11th century central Islamic lands. Following the disintegration of centralized Abbasid control, myriad entities (i.e. sectarian, political, ethnic, etc.) emerged, each vying to establish a lasting presence. Chroniclers for this period were confounded in their attempts to explain the rapid changes occurring and to categorize the individuals and groups whose fluid ‘identity politics’ eluded them. Using case studies from the Samanids, Buyids, and Mazyadids, the panelists seek to establish a firm foundation from which one can develop an effective discussion of the ‘Other’ in medieval Islamic society.