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

By Jeremy Johns

Jeremy Johns' designated learn is the 1st entire account of the Arabic management of Norman Sicily. whereas it truly is often assumed that the Normans inherited their management from the Muslim governors of the island, Johns demonstrates that the Norman kings truly restructured their management to the version of Fatimid Egypt. Controversially, he means that their goal used to be no longer administrative potency, however the projection in their royal picture. This available account of the Norman rulers finds how they on the topic of their opposite numbers within the Muslim Mediterranean.

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208–9, 210. XXX–LI; Tricoli 1994, passim and bibliography. 154. 39–42, 44. Chapter 1 ‘In the time of the Saracens …’ 13 documents that they produced but almost exclusively from chancery handbooks and scattered anecdotes. The Arabic documents of Norman Sicily, although produced on the periphery of the Islamic centre, can thus be used, rather like the letters of the Cairo Geniza, to establish or to confirm the Islamic original from which they ultimately derive. The evolution of Islamic fiscal administration: a selective account The history of administrative institutions under the first caliphs remains obscure, uncertain and controversial.

6. 33. 594–9. 250–6, 258–60, 265–73. 38–44. For F†imid fiscal administration in Ifrıqiya, see now Brett 2001, 257–66. 20 Arabic Administration in Norman Sicily: The royal dıwn Both the dıwn al-kharj and the mint were initially left in the hands of their Aghlabid officials, although the bayt al-ml or treasury, the pre-eminent office of the financial administration, was entrusted to one of al-Mahdı’s household slaves. Indeed, one of the characteristics of the F†imid regime in Ifrıqiya was to be the near monopolisation of the great offices of the central administration by the personal slaves of the ruler: a similar development was later to characterise the Arabic administration of Norman Sicily.

334. 71 We need not accept the figures, but the account may nonetheless indicate the sophistication of Sicily’s administrative apparatus. For the 11th century, the narrative sources are rather less informative. 72 It may be that here we see the administration of the island concentrated in the hands of a single, vizier-like official. A second reference to the 11th century is rather more revealing, and suggests a similar development. 74 According to this anecdote, it would seem that the practice in Sicily, as in 10thcentury Ifrıqiya, had been to assess cultivated land at a fixed rate per ploughland, irrespective of the actual yield in any given year.

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