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

Maurice Pomerantz and Evelyn Vitz

Abstract

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: Court and Performance in the Pre-Modern Middle East, edited by Maurice A. Pomerantz (New York University Abu Dhabi) and Evelyn Birge Vitz (New York University), offers twelve chapters that present a complex and nuanced image of rulers’ courts as vital spaces of pe ... More

Keywords: pre-modern, court, performance, Byzantine, Abbasid, entertainment, delight, persuasion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781479879366
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479879366.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maurice Pomerantz, editor
New York University Abu Dhabi

Evelyn Vitz, author
New York University