The Marwanid Patrimony and Dynastic Succession

Andrew Marsham

in Rituals of Islamic Monarchy

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780748625123
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653157 | DOI:
The Marwanid Patrimony and Dynastic Succession

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This chapter discusses the Marwanid patrimony and dynastic succession. During the Marwanid times, two successors were usually recognised in a stipulated order. The Muslims, or their representatives swore allegiance (bay،a) to the nominated successors, and this effected a change in their status: they became the wali al-،ahds (two successors to the covenant). Thus, the walayat al-،ahds (succession to the covenant) was an adaptation of existing Arabian custom in which leadership was recognised by a pledge of allegiance.

Keywords: Marwanid patrimony; dynastic succession; bay،a; wali al-،ahds; walayat al-،ahds

Chapter.  9633 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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