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Title: Notes on Ideology and Religious Beliefs in the Islamic and Norman Coinages Circulating in Sicily
Authors: Grassi, Vincenza
Keywords: ideology and religious beliefsIslamic and Norman CoinagesIslamic coinslegendssymbolspropaganda
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Vincenza Grassi, "Notes on Ideology and Religious Beliefs in the Islamic and Norman Coinages Circulating in Sicily", in Bruno Callegher e Arianna D'Ottone (a cura di): "The 2nd Simone Assemani symposium on islamic coins", Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2010, pp. 111-126.
Series/Report no.: Polymnia: Numismatica antica e medievale. Studi
Recently published historical studies give more and more attention to the use
of material evidence. This trend corresponds only apparently to the stance of
19th century-criticism of sources, which assigned a special role to coins,
inscriptions and remains, as they were considered free from ideological
manipulation. Since then, the concept of reliability has been greatly refined,
as a forged text is considered genuine with respect to the author’s intention.
Furthermore, it is now taken for granted that both documents and remains
communicate in explicit or implicit forms the ideology of the society which
generated them. According to Jacques Le Goff the ruling classes or individuals control
memory and oblivion through the endless process of selecting documents, as
memory is one of the ways which ideology acts through. It is through their
representation of the past that the ruling classes justify their present status
and plan their future in a social perspective.
Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 978-88-8303-284-4
Appears in Collections:01 2nd Simone Assemani Symposium on Islamic Coins

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