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Political hierarchies in the early medieval Maghrib have often been presented in schematic terms, and prominent leaders cast as ‘kings’ with little critical assessment of the implication of this language. The present study challenges this undifferentiated view of early Berber polities through...
The Rustamid Imamate emerged in the aftermath of the uprisings against the Caliphate (around 160/777) and was the leading and only long-lasting Ibāḍī State in North Africa. Tāhart, a settlement in the Roman borderlands, became its cradle and witnessed the foundation of a new Islamic stronghold....
The rise of Islam in the Maghrib al-Aqṣā in the eighth and ninth centuries and the simultaneous onset of deep and lasting political, economic, cultural and social upheavals across the region have led historians to focus on Islamisation as the principal cause of this revolution. This article will...
From the beginning of the tenth century, a strong authority whose representatives belong to the Banū Yahrāsan asserts itself in Djerba. This exclusively masculine power is at once political and religious, it is hereditary, it marks a desire for appeasement in conflicts with schismatic groups and...
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