Ibn García's Shuʻūbiyya Letter: Ethnic and Theological Tensions in Medieval Al-Andalus

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Brill, 2003 - Architecture - 244 pages
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This volume deals with the medieval shu' biyyah movement (in which non-Arab Muslims sought equality of power and status with Arabs) in al-Andalus, Muslim Spain. By analysing a letter composed by Ibn García during the 11th century, the tensions between Arab and non-Arab Muslims are discussed in detail. Symbols, stories and legends used in the shu' biyyah corpus of writings are analysed in the light of the political and theological development in al-Andalus and the Muslim world. Authority, legitimacy and power are central both to the discussion of Ibn García s letter and the history of the shu' biyyah movement.The first part gives the historical background to the history of al-Andalus. Ethnic conflicts and tensions related to authority and power are of special interest. The second part, gives a detailed analysis of Ibn García s shu' biyyah letter in relation to the historical and contemporary situation in al-Andalus.

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Göran Larsson, Ph.D. (2000) in religious studies, University of Göteborg, is working as a lecturer and researcher in religious history and behavioural science at the University of Göteborg. He has published several articles on the history of al-Andalus, Swedish Oriental studies and Islam in Sweden.

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