By Michael Chamberlain
Michael Chamberlain makes a speciality of medieval Damascus to improve a brand new method of the connection among the society and tradition of the center East. the writer argues that historians have lengthy imposed ecu strictures onto societies to which they have been alien. Western thoughts of valid order have been irrelevant to medieval Muslim society the place social development was once established upon the creation of data and non secular patronage, and it was once the loved ones, instead of the nation employer or company, that held political and social strength. A parallel is drawn among the discovered elite and the soldiers of Damascus who, via comparable innovations, got prestige and tool and handed them on of their families. through analyzing fabric from the Latin West, Sung China and the Sinicized empires of internal Asia, the writer addresses the character of political strength within the interval.
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Other sources such as the treatises written by jurists such as Ibn Jamaca, al-Subki, and Ibn al-Hajj pose more difficult problems of interpretation. These sources have been described as "pedagogical manuals," or descriptions of the functioning of educational institutions, or angry denunciations of the corruptions of their times. In most cases the intent of these authors in writing remains either unclear or misunderstood by contemporary historians. Another problem is that some of these writers were from cities other than Damascus, though many passed through the city at one time or another.
Elisseeff, "Dimashk," £7(2), 278; Elisseeff, "Ghuta," El (2); Ibn Shakir (al-Kutubl), cUyun al-tawarikh, Nablla cAbd al-Muncim Dawud and Faysal al-Samir eds. S. Humphreys, From Saladin to the Mongols: The Ayyubids of Damascus (Albany, 1977), 12-13. J. Schacht, An Introduction to Islamic Law (Oxford, 1964), 169-74; N. J. Coulson, Succession in the Muslim Family (Cambridge, 1971). 27 28 The acyan of Damascus provided a partial corrective to this, property generally tended to be parceled out over time rather than preserved intact under the control of a single line of descent.
Brown, "The Tyranny of a Construct: Feudalism and the Historians of Medieval Europe," American Historical Review 79 (1974), 1063-88; R. Irwin, The Middle East in the Middle Ages: the Early Mamluk Sultanate 1250-1382 (London, 1986). See especially Contamine, War in the Middle Ages, 65-99. Also for an interesting account of a European situation that appeared much like a Middle Eastern one, see Frederick IFs garrisoned company of mounted "Saracen" archers in Apulia in P. Piere, "I Saraceni di Lucera nella storia militare medievale," Archivio Storico Pugliese 6 (1953), 94-101.
Knowledge and Social Practice in Medieval Damascus, 1190-1350 by Michael Chamberlain