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Genealogy and Knowledge in Muslim Societies: Understanding the Past

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PUBLISHER: Edinburgh University Press
FORMAT: Hardback
ISBN: 9780748644971
RRP: £65.00
PAGES: 168
PUBLICATION DATE: April 8, 2014

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Genealogy and Knowledge in Muslim Societies: Understanding the Past

Edited by Sarah Bowen Savant; Edited by Helena de Felipe

This title explores the generation, preservation and manipulation of genealogical knowledge. From the Prophet’s family tree to the present, ideas about kinship and descent have shaped communal and national identities in Muslim societies. So an understanding of genealogy is therefore vital to our understanding of Muslim societies, particularly with regard to the generation, preservation and manipulation of genealogical knowledge. These case studies link genealogical knowledge to particular circumstances in which it was created, circulated and promoted. They stress the malleability of kinship and memory, and the interests this malleability serves.

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