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5 - The Nature of Sovereignty

from Part II - Texts

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  15 January 2023

Edited and translated by
Louise Marlow
Affiliation:
Wellesley College, Massachusetts
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A prominent theme in the mirror literature is the exceptionalism of the king’s position, a point often presented as the result of divine selection or favour. Many mirror-writers evoke, in various articulations, the notion of the divine mandate – the proposition that the king ruled by virtue of divine choice and with divine support. But the authors bring very different perspectives to this idea; even when they invoke a common repertoire of formulae and metaphors, they employ them to create different meanings. Several authors insist that the singular bounties that the king enjoys are counterbalanced by unparalleled, and burdensome, responsibilities. The texts in this chapter are drawn from Pseudo-Māwardī, Naṣīḥat al-mulūk; al-Thaʿālibī, Ādāb al-mulūk; al-Māwardī, Tashīl al-naẓar wa-taʿjīl al-ẓafar; Ghazālī, Naṣīḥat al-mulūk; and al-Ṭurṭūshī, Sirāj al-mulūk.

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Medieval Muslim Mirrors for Princes
An Anthology of Arabic, Persian and Turkish Political Advice
, pp. 85 - 142
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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  • The Nature of Sovereignty
  • Edited and translated by Louise Marlow, Wellesley College, Massachusetts
  • Book: Medieval Muslim Mirrors for Princes
  • Online publication: 15 January 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108348645.006
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  • Edited and translated by Louise Marlow, Wellesley College, Massachusetts
  • Book: Medieval Muslim Mirrors for Princes
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  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108348645.006
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  • The Nature of Sovereignty
  • Edited and translated by Louise Marlow, Wellesley College, Massachusetts
  • Book: Medieval Muslim Mirrors for Princes
  • Online publication: 15 January 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108348645.006
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