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Title

Living on the margins of society: coping with poverty in al-Andalus

AuthorsCarballeira Debasa, Ana María
KeywordsPoverty
Charity
Integration
Marginalization
Al-Andalus
Pobreza
Pobres
Caridad
Integración
Marginación
Issue Date2019
PublisherUniversidade Nova de Lisboa
Câmara Municipal de Castelo de Vide
CitationInclusão e Exclusão na Europa Urbana Medieval / Inclusion and Exclusion in Medieval Urban Europe, editado por Amélia Aguiar Andrade, Catarina Tente, Gonçalo Melo da Silva y Sara Prata, Lisboa, 2019, páginas 139-158
SeriesColeçâo Estudos, 19
Abstract[EN] This study aims to analyse how the poor in al-Andalus were viewed by the rest of the Muslim community, as revealed by what a selection of Arabic sources have to say regarding the marginalization and the integration of this sector of the population. One must first ask what kind of people made up this social stratum and what events might disrupt the social equilibrium in such a way that poverty was the result. Note is taken of the important distinction between involuntary and self-imposed poverty, which leads to a discussion of the various socio-economic factors involved, as well as the moral and religious issues posed by both types of poverty. Next, the position occupied by the poor in society is reviewed in terms of the degree of acceptance or rejection they aroused in the general population. This allows us to visualise the dynamic implicit in the organisation of social relations, that is, how the interaction between the individual and society was articulated. In this context, one must consider the functional aspects of charity, showing it to be a key factor for the understanding of the interface between social equilibrium and inequality in al-Andalus.
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/193712
ISBN978-989-54529
978-972-9040-16-0
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