Walter POHL – Andre GINGRICH (Eds.)


medieval worlds • no. 3 • 2016

medieval worlds 3 (2016)


ISSN 2412-3196
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ISBN 978-3-7001-7988-4
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MEDIEVAL WORLDS provides a new forum for interdisciplinary and transcultural studies of the Middle Ages. Specifically it encourages and links comparative research between different regions and fields and promotes methodological innovation in transdisciplinary studies. Focusing on the Middle Ages (c. 400-1500 CE, but can be extended whenever thematically fruitful or appropriate), MEDIEVAL WORLDS takes a global approach to studying history in a comparative setting.
MEDIEVAL WORLDS is open to regular submissions on comparative topics, but also offers the possibility to propose or advertise subjects that lend themselves to comparison. With a view to connecting people working on related topics in different academic environments, we publish calls for matching articles and for contributions on particular issues.

Table of Contents

Walter POHL, Editor’s Preface
Daniel G. KÖNIG, Charlemagne’s ›Jihād‹ Revisited: Debating the Islamic Contribution to an Epochal Change in the History of Christianization
Tsvetelin STEPANOV, Venerating St. Michael the Archangel in the Holy Roman Empire and in Bulgaria, Tenth–Eleventh Centuries: Similarities, Differences, Transformations
Jesse W. TORGERSON, Could Isidore’s Chronicle Have Delighted Cicero? Using the Concept of Genre to Compare Ancient and Medieval Chronicles
Thomas ERTL - Markus MAYER, Acculturation and Elimination: Europe’s Interaction with the Other (Fourteenth–Sixteenth Century)
Miriam Adan JONES, A Chosen Missionary People? Willibrord, Boniface, and the Election of the Angli
Marieke BRANDT, Heroic History, Disruptive Genealogy: al-Ḥasan al-Hamdānī and the Historical Formation of the Shākir Tribe (Wāʿilah and Dahm) in al-Jawf, Yemen
Daniel MAHONEY, The Political Agency of Kurds as an Ethnic Group in Late Medieval South Arabia
Anna FRAUSCHER - Jelle WASSENAAR - Veronika WIESER, Making Ends Meet. Cross-Cultural Perspectives on the End of Times in Medieval Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism

The journal is funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).

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Walter POHL – Andre GINGRICH (Eds.)


medieval worlds • no. 3 • 2016

medieval worlds 3 (2016)


ISSN 2412-3196
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ISBN 978-3-7001-7988-4
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Indexed by:  ERIH-PLUS, Crossref, DOAJ, EZB

Marieke Brandt
S.  116 - 145
doi:10.1553/medievalworlds_no3_2016s116

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doi:10.1553/medievalworlds_no3_2016s116
Abstract:
Genealogies are emic forms of social representation among many tribes in the Arab world. The formability of these genealogies for the purposes of politics and alliances is a common phenomenon. It becomes particularly obvious if one looks at the case of the Shākir tribe and its main divisions Wāilah and Dahm in the region of al-Jawf in northernmost Yemen. A comparison of their tribal genealogies and settlement areas in the tenth century CE, as described by the Yemeni scholar and historian al-Ḥasan al-Hamdānī, with their tribal structures and territories in the twenty-first century shows the enormous extent of change to which the Shākir, especially Dahm, have been subject in the past millennium. These changes seem to reflect in part the continuous immigration of external tribal groups to which the fringes of the Rubʿ al-Khālī desert have historically been exposed, and their inclusion into the local societies and thus the evolving genealogy of Shākir. These elements of residential discontinuity and mobility contrast with the more general pattern of territorial continuity and stasis prevailing in the central areas of Yemen. Yet the genealogy of Shākir proved to be more open towards these intrusive groups than towards the original inhabitants of the area itself: in contemporary al-Jawf remain descendants of ancient groups who are considered the aboriginal inhabitants of the area and who were neither given equal status to Shākir nor included into the Shākir genealogy. Seen in this light, the genealogies and semi-legendary traditions of al-Hamdānī’s al-Iklīl also served to evoke a vision of community and of common identities among the heterogeneous societies of South Arabia and to legitimize them as heirs of a country and its history, which in parts was not inherently their own.

Keywords:  Al-Hasan al-Hamdani; genealogy; tribe; Bedouins; South Arabia; Yemen
Published Online:  2016/06/30 11:49:28
Object Identifier:  0xc1aa5576 0x00340281

MEDIEVAL WORLDS provides a new forum for interdisciplinary and transcultural studies of the Middle Ages. Specifically it encourages and links comparative research between different regions and fields and promotes methodological innovation in transdisciplinary studies. Focusing on the Middle Ages (c. 400-1500 CE, but can be extended whenever thematically fruitful or appropriate), MEDIEVAL WORLDS takes a global approach to studying history in a comparative setting.
MEDIEVAL WORLDS is open to regular submissions on comparative topics, but also offers the possibility to propose or advertise subjects that lend themselves to comparison. With a view to connecting people working on related topics in different academic environments, we publish calls for matching articles and for contributions on particular issues.

Table of Contents

Walter POHL, Editor’s Preface
Daniel G. KÖNIG, Charlemagne’s ›Jihād‹ Revisited: Debating the Islamic Contribution to an Epochal Change in the History of Christianization
Tsvetelin STEPANOV, Venerating St. Michael the Archangel in the Holy Roman Empire and in Bulgaria, Tenth–Eleventh Centuries: Similarities, Differences, Transformations
Jesse W. TORGERSON, Could Isidore’s Chronicle Have Delighted Cicero? Using the Concept of Genre to Compare Ancient and Medieval Chronicles
Thomas ERTL - Markus MAYER, Acculturation and Elimination: Europe’s Interaction with the Other (Fourteenth–Sixteenth Century)
Miriam Adan JONES, A Chosen Missionary People? Willibrord, Boniface, and the Election of the Angli
Marieke BRANDT, Heroic History, Disruptive Genealogy: al-Ḥasan al-Hamdānī and the Historical Formation of the Shākir Tribe (Wāʿilah and Dahm) in al-Jawf, Yemen
Daniel MAHONEY, The Political Agency of Kurds as an Ethnic Group in Late Medieval South Arabia
Anna FRAUSCHER - Jelle WASSENAAR - Veronika WIESER, Making Ends Meet. Cross-Cultural Perspectives on the End of Times in Medieval Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism

The journal is funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).



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Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften
Austrian Academy of Sciences Press
A-1011 Wien, Dr. Ignaz Seipel-Platz 2
Tel. +43-1-515 81/DW 3402-3406, Fax +43-1-515 81/DW 3400
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