Secretaries and the Running of Government

Authored by: Bruna Soravia

The Routledge Handbook Of Muslim Iberia

Print publication date:  April  2020
Online publication date:  April  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138649149
eBook ISBN: 9781315625959
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315625959-13

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Abstract

The history of government in al-Andalus, from the second/eighth until the seventh/thirteenth century, is mainly attainable through the activities and works of the men in charge of the scribal function, the kuttāb, scribes or secretaries in a loose sense. Along the dynasties and potentates who vied for power in the Iberian Peninsula, the kuttāb’s wide knowledge of the linguistic and literary tradition of the Arabs and their ability to symbolically represent and enhance the ruler’s authority in their writings, became the gold standard against which legitimate entitlement to rule could be weighed.

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