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Arabic Administration in Norman Sicily: The Royal Diwan (Jeremy Johns) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2002) 9780521816922
Arabic Administration in Norman Sicily: The Royal Diwan (Jeremy Johns) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2002) 9780521816922
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Title: Arabic Administration in Norman Sicily: The Royal Diwan

Author: Johns, Jeremy

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2002

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521816922

Volumes: 1; Pages: 408

List Price in Cloth: $92.00 Our price: $92.00

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Jeremy Johns' unique study is the first comprehensive account of the Arabic administration of Norman Sicily. While it is generally assumed that the Normans inherited their administration from the Muslim governors of the island, Johns demonstrates that the Norman kings actually restructured their administration to the model of Fatimid Egypt. Controversially, he suggests that their intention was not administrative efficiency, but the projection of their royal image. This accessible account of the Norman rulers reveals how they related to their counterparts in the Muslim Mediterranean.Reviews"This is a compelling and accessible account of the Norman rulers and how they related to their counterparts in the Muslim Mediterranean." Middle EastContentsIntroductionI. 'In the time of the Saracens...'2. 'When first the Normans crossed into Sicily ...'3. 'Our lady, the Regent Adelaide, and our lord, the Count Roger, her son', 1101-304. The earliest products of the royal diwan, 1130-435. The jara'id renewed, 1144-56. The records of the royal diwan: the jara'id al-rijal7. The records of the royal diwan: the dafatir al-hudud8. The duties and organisation of the royal diwan9. 'The people of his state': the palace Saracens and the royal diwan10. The Norman diwan and Fatimid Egypt: 11. Royal diwan and royal imageAppendices
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