Genealogy and knowledge in Muslim societies: Understanding the past

Sarah Bowen Savant, Helena De Felipe

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From the Prophet's family tree to the present, ideas about kinship and descent have shaped communal and national identities in Muslim societies. So an understanding of genealogy is therefore vital to our understanding of Muslim societies, particularly with regard to the generation, preservation and manipulation of genealogical knowledge. These 9 case studies link genealogical knowledge to particular circumstances in which it was created, circulated and promoted. They stress the malleability of kinship and memory, and the interests this malleability serves.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages156
ISBN (Electronic)9780748644988
ISBN (Print)9780748644971
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2014


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