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Princely Authority in the Early Marwānid State


The Life of ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz ibn Marwān


‘Abd al-‘Azīz b. Marwān (d. 86/705) reigned as the amīr of Egypt and walī al-‘ahd (heir apparent) to the Islamic caliphate for over 20 years. This book intends to revive this largely forgotten amīr and demonstrate the critical role he played in the formation of the Marwānid dynasty. The founding thesis of this study is that ‘Abd al-‘Azīz was appointed the amīr of Egypt and second heir apparent due to the legitimacy his maternal lineage brought the nascent dynasty.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-0632-1
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Publication Date: Jun 2,2017
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 230
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0632-1
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ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz b. Marwān (d. 86/705), brother of the famed state-building caliph, ʿAbd al-Malik b. Marwān (d. 86/705), reigned as the amīr of Egypt and heir apparent to the Umayyad caliphate for over twenty years.  ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz, however, died just a few months before his brother ʿAbd al-Malik, and thus never ascended to the caliphate.  The combination of his early death, the limited treatment of Egypt in the early Arabic historical sources, and the illustrious history of ʿAbd al-Malik have left ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz a largely unknown figure in western scholarship.  This study seeks to revive the career of this largely forgotten amīr and demonstrate the critical role he played in the formation of the Marwānid dynasty, as well as the great autonomy he exercised within Egypt.

ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz b. Marwān (d. 86/705), brother of the famed state-building caliph, ʿAbd al-Malik b. Marwān (d. 86/705), reigned as the amīr of Egypt and heir apparent to the Umayyad caliphate for over twenty years.  ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz, however, died just a few months before his brother ʿAbd al-Malik, and thus never ascended to the caliphate.  The combination of his early death, the limited treatment of Egypt in the early Arabic historical sources, and the illustrious history of ʿAbd al-Malik have left ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz a largely unknown figure in western scholarship.  This study seeks to revive the career of this largely forgotten amīr and demonstrate the critical role he played in the formation of the Marwānid dynasty, as well as the great autonomy he exercised within Egypt.

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Contributor Biography

Joshua Mabra

Joshua Mabra received his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago. He currently lives in rural Ohio and is the head of the Arabic program at Wright State University.

Table of Contents (v)
Acknowledgments (vii)
List of Tables and Images (ix)
Abbreviations (xi)
Chapter 1. Introduction: Egypt and the Early Umayyads (1)
Chapter 2. The Coalition of Kalb and Umayya (13)
Chapter 3. Al-Ḥasham: Building a Provincial Power Base in the Nile Valley (33)
Chapter 4. The Poetic Battle for Succession (55)
Chapter 5. The Independent Polity of ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz ibn Marwān (83)

Chapter 6. Into the Egyptian Holy Land: The Amīr, the Patriarch and the City of Ḥulwān (119)
Chapter 7. Conclusion: The Legacy of ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz ibn Marwān (161)
Excursus: Beyond Egypt: The Legitimation of Bishr ibn Marwān (d. 75/694) (167)
Conclusion (182)
Select Bibliography (189)
Index (203)

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