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.
Sarah Bowen Savant
Sarah Bowen Savant is Assistant Professor at the Aga Khan University (UK), Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations. Elena de Felipe Rodriguez is Lecturer in History at the Universidad de Alcala.