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Scholars Day: April 11, 2012

Political Image-Making in the Pre-Modern Nation State

Most people would like to believe that authors, especially those who are experts in a field, would try to focus primarily on facts and overlook bias in their writing. The analysis here takes this assumption and applies it to a writer from tenth Islamic Spain (al-Andalus). A time when the Iberian Peninsula had been conquered by the Muslim Umayyad family. Ibn al- Qutiyaya, a leading authority on Arabic grammar during the tenth century, created some of the only works to have survived the re-conquest and expulsion of Muslims in Spain. One piece in particular was The History of the Conquest of al- Andalus. Ibn al- Qutiya narrates the events of the Muslim conquest of Iberia peninsula. He then introduces the Emirs of al-Andalus and the conflicts they faced during their rulings. This paper analyzes how Ibn al-Qutiya characterizes the emirs of al-Andalus. Most importantly, the paper explains why the political culture of Islamic Spain and the Umayyad family made the writing style of Ibn al- Qutiya so relevant.


Please note that presentation times are approximate. If you are interested in attending sessions with multiple presentations, please be in the room at the start of the session.
Presenter: Alise Underwood (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Spanish
Location: 123 Hartwell
Time: 1:15 pm Session III

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