Arabic Administration in Norman Sicily: The Royal Diwan by Jeremy Johns

By Jeremy Johns

Jeremy Johns' special learn is the 1st entire account of the Arabic management of Norman Sicily. whereas it really is in general assumed that the Normans inherited their management from the Muslim governors of the island, Johns demonstrates that the Norman kings really restructured their management to the version of Fatimid Egypt. Controversially, he means that their goal used to be now not administrative potency, however the projection in their royal picture. This obtainable account of the Norman rulers finds how they regarding their opposite numbers within the Muslim Mediterranean.

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By Jeremy Johns

Jeremy Johns' special learn is the 1st entire account of the Arabic management of Norman Sicily. whereas it really is in general assumed that the Normans inherited their management from the Muslim governors of the island, Johns demonstrates that the Norman kings really restructured their management to the version of Fatimid Egypt. Controversially, he means that their goal used to be now not administrative potency, however the projection in their royal picture. This obtainable account of the Norman rulers finds how they regarding their opposite numbers within the Muslim Mediterranean.

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8 The kharj seems to have been originally a sort of tribute imposed upon ßul˛-lands, on payment of which the non-Muslim population was left in undisturbed possession. 158. For reliable and relatively recent introductions to early Islamic taxation, see Morimoto 1981 and Simonsen 1988. Grohmann 1934. Cahen 1977a. Cahen 1963a; Cahen1963b. 14 Arabic Administration in Norman Sicily: The royal dıwn to insist that the kharj should be paid upon kharj-land, regardless of the religion of its proprietors.

38 This is surely unlikely: al-Mahdı had no experience of office in the East, no expert knowledge of oriental administrative practices, and no retinue of professional administrators. 40 Just as the F†imids were to inherit, and then to adapt and reform, the Ikhshıdid administration of Egypt after the migration of 969–73, so, in Ifrıqiya, what appeared to Hopkins to be F†imid innovation may in fact be nothing more than skilful reorganisation of the existing Aghlabid system. 1–2. 6. 33. 594–9. 250–6, 258–60, 265–73.

From the late 7th century, Sicily had been established as a theme, or military province, and, for the subsequent period, we have but a few scattered references to the fiscal officials of the theme. The civil administration was headed by the prΩtonotarios tou thematou, the chief official of the central treasury in the theme. We have also the names of a few Sicilian chartoularioi, prΩtonotarioi, and also logothetai tou stratiotikou, the officials responsible for financial accounts and for the provincial cadastral registers.

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