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Perched on the Shoulders of Giants? Looking at the Almohad Empire in the Hafsid Chronicles

In: Arabica
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Sébastien Garnier EHESS, ERC-St-2010-263361 IGAMWI “Imperial Government and Authority in Medieval Western Islam”

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Abstract

Our contribution tackles the ideological aspect of “legacy” developed in the pro-Hafsid legitimizing discourse. The court historiographers pretended that their patrons had deserved and inherited the throne of Ifrīqiya. We shall see how they sketched a genealogy of founding fathers—Abū Ḥafṣ ʿUmar (d. 571/1175-1176), Abū Muḥammad ʿAbd al-Wāḥid (d. 618/1221) and Abū Zakariyyāʾ Yaḥyā (d. 647/1249)—, considering that Muʾminids and Hafsids were the two pillars of the Almohad Empire, so it was natural that the latters took up the torch when the formers declined.

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