Heirs and Spares: Elite Fathers and Their Sons in the Literary Sources of Umayyad Iberia

  title={Heirs and Spares: Elite Fathers and Their Sons in the Literary Sources of Umayyad Iberia},
  author={N. Clarke},
  pages={67 - 83}
ABSTRACT In the medieval Islamic world, elite men were the benchmark of hegemonic masculinity and social power. A presumption of masculine authority within the household shaped the way early medieval rulers were described by chroniclers, and how medieval fathers related to their sons. The formal and informal ways in which they interacted with lower status men – whether their clients, their courtiers, or their sons – were hedged about with the symbolic language of gender. The article focuses on… Expand


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