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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

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Start date : 
October, 2021
Thesis Topic: 
The Turkic military guard in third/ninth-century Arabic praise writing
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Research Summary: Gabrielle’s research examines praise writing for the Turkic military elite in the third/ninth century, with reference to al-Jāḥiẓ’s (d. 255/868–9) epistle Manāqib al-Turk (“The Merits of the Turks”) and the poetry of al-Buḥturī (d. 284/897). This project considers how and why praise literature for the Turkic military was composed and approaches questions on the nature of court power and military patronage under the ʿAbbāsids.