Grounded Identities

Territory and Belonging in the Medieval and Early Modern Middle East and Mediterranean

Editor: Steve Tamari
Grounded Identities: Territory and Belonging in the Medieval and Early Modern Middle East and Mediterranean is a collection of essays on attachment to specific lands including Kurdistan, Andalusia and the Maghrib, and geographical Syria in the pre-modern Islamicate world. Together these essays put a premium on the affective and cultural dimensions of such attachments, fluctuations in the meaning and significance of lands in the face of historical transformations and, at the same time, the real and persistent qualities of lands and human attachments to them over long periods of time. These essays demonstrate that grounded identities are persistent and never static.

Contributors are: Zayde Antrim, Alexander Elinson, Mary Hoyt Halavais, Boris James, Steve Tamari.

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Biographical Note

Steve Tamari, Ph.D (1998), Georgetown University, is Professor of Middle East and Islamic History at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, USA.

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Introduction: Lands and Loyalties in the Scholarship of Medieval and Early Modern Islamicate History
  Steve Tamari
1 The Construction of a Kurdish Political Space in the Middle Ages: Kurdish In-betweenness, Mamluk Ethnic Engineering, and the Emergence of al-Mamlaka al-Ḥasina al-Akradiyya (1130-1340 CE)
  Boris James
2 Becoming Syrian: Aleppo in Ibn al-ʿAdim’s Bughyat al-Talab fi Ta⁠ʾrikh Halab
  Zayde Antrim
3 Lisan al-Din ibn al-Khatib (d. 1374 CE) and the Definition of the Fourteenth-Century Muslim West
  Alexander Elinson
4 Going Home: Andalusia and Exile in the Seventeenth Century
  Mary Hoyt Halavais
5 The Land of Syria in the Late Seventeenth Century: ʿAbd al-Ghani al-Nabulusi and Linking City and Countryside through Study, Travel, and Worship
  Steve Tamari



Historians of the pre-modern Islamicate world, especially those interested in the relationship between place and identity, be they specialists, graduate students, and/or educated lay readers. This book will also be of interest to those interested in the pre-modern history of Kurdistan, Andalusia and the Maghrib, and geographical Syria.

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