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In the Presence of Power: Court and Performance in the Pre-Modern Middle East

Maurice Pomerantz and Evelyn Vitz
Format
EBook; Book; Online
Published
New York : New York University Press, 2018.
Language
English
ISBN
9781479884131
Target Audience
Specialized
Summary
Rulers' courts of the pre-modern Middle East have long been a staple of Western fantasies about the East. Yet in spite of the importance of the court as a symbol of the absolutist power of the 'Orient', relatively few scholars have explored the cultural production of the courts of the pre-modern Middle East. 'In the Presence of Power', edited by Maurice Pomerantz and Evelyn Vitz, offers 12 chapters that present a complex and nuanced image of rulers' courts as vital spaces of performance. Building on previous studies that have examined the court as an important sociopolitical space but moving in new directions, this volume explores literary works produced about and for performance in courts from the 8th to the 16th century. Contributions address topics such as delight, persuasion, and entertainment in Byzantine and Abbasid rulers' courts.
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1 online resource
Notes
  • Previously issued in print: 2017.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
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