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Ibn Khaldun om Banu Umayya: Historieskrivningen om det umayyadiska kalifatet och dess återgivelse i al-Muqaddima
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Culture Studies, Religious Studies and Educational Sciences.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The history of Banu Umayya has since the collapse of the caliphate occupied a major part in Islamic historiography. The present thesis analyses the presentation of the Umayyads in Ibn Khaldun’s al-Muqaddima and its relation to previous historical traditions. The thesis examines the social and intellectual context in which Ibn Khaldun stood and how it is represented in his historiography, while also providing an overview of the various socio-political, intellectual and historiographical developments in Islam. The theoretical perspectives are based on the concept of agency, examining the intellectual room for manoeuvre that the historian disposed of while composing the works. The relation between the past-as-history and the historical past is emphasised and analysed by examination of narrative arrangements and content in relation to the historians’ contexts. Rather than viewing Ibn Khaldun as an exception, the study clarifies his contextual representativity by analysing his views on the Umayyads. The thesis also discusses the historiographical significance of the Umayyad history for the later development of Islam, while thereby attempting to open the field of research regarding the Umayyad history and its importance as self-definitions among later movements, historians and traditions of Islam.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 75 p.
Keyword [en]
Ibn Khaldun, al-Muqaddima, Kitab al-’Ibar, Banu Umayya, Banu al-’Abbas, Umayyads, Abbasids, caliphate, Islam, historiography, history writing.
Keyword [sv]
Ibn Khaldun, al-Muqaddima, Kitab al-’Ibar, Banu Umayya, Banu al- ’Abbas, Umayyaderna, Abbasiderna, kalifat, Islam, historiografi, historieskrivning.
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History of Religions Religious Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-11964Archive number: HRV:D12:5OAI: diva2:531735
Subject / course
Religious studies
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-11-14 Created: 2012-06-07 Last updated: 2012-11-14Bibliographically approved

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