Writing and the <i>Bay<sup>c</sup>a</i> in the Marwanid Period

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:
Writing and the Bayca in the Marwanid Period

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This chapter discusses the writing and bāy،a during the Marwanid period. It discusses the development of literate administration in the caliphate. It focuses on the surviving documentary evidence of the Marwanid period which relate directly to the pledge of allegiance to the caliph and his successors. Discussions in this chapter include: the function of writing in the late Marwanid accession and succession; form and function in the kitab; the role of caliphal bureaucracy in the crisis of Marwanid authority; and the Sassanian influence on the Marwanid scribal practice.

Keywords: writing; bāy،a; Marwanid period; literate administration; caliphate; pledge of allegiance; function of writing; kitab; caliphal bureaucracy; Marwanid scribal practice

Chapter.  10950 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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