The Early Arabic Historical Tradition: A Source-Critical Study / Edition 2

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Evaluates both the formal and the informal historical sources for Islam during the first decades after the death of the Prophet, emphasizing that even the deliberate or accidental misrepresentation of facts can provide valuable clues. Of interest not only to historians of the early period, but also of later periods whose historians inherited elements of the early styles and approaches. First published in German in 1973, and apparently translated from the revised and expanded second edition. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878500826
  • Publisher: Darwin Press, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 7/1/1994
  • Series: Studies in Late Antiquity and Early Islam
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction 1
I The Salient Themes of Early Historical Tradition 26
Primary Themes 28
Ridda 28
Futuh 31
Fitna 33
Administration 35
Sirat al-khulafa 37
Ansab 37
Iran 39
Secondary Themes 39
Gharat 39
Dating According to the Hijra 40
Annalistic Style 42
Arrangement According to Caliphates 45
Law and Administration 48
Cities 53
Court and Central Government 55
Casual Links 57
II Literary Forms 62
Documents 63
Letters 76
Speechees 87
Lists 96
Awa'il 104
III Topoi 109
Topoi Connected with Personal Names 111
Order of Battle (wa-'ala) 111
Persons Who Kill or Capture Well-Known Enemies 115
Messages of Victory Sent to the Caliph 117
Arranging the Succession of Command 120
Appointing Deputies 122
Reinforcements 123
Topoi Emphasizing Feats of Arms 129
The Significant or Decisive Battle 129
War Elephants 132
Crossing Over 134
Chains 135
Topoi Which Serve to Glorify Former Times 137
"To begin with..." 137
The Caliphs and Their Advisors 138
Mountains at the Backs of the Muslim Armies 142
The Takbar as the Signal to Attack 143
The Seeking of Martyrdom 145
The Summons to Islam 146
Topoi with no Recognizable Coherent Tendency 167
Conquest of Cities 167
Single Combat 168
The Thousandman 169
Women Clad as Warriors 170
Analogous Narrative Motifs 171
IV Schemata 173
Trasitional Formulae 173
Pseudo-Causes 177
Etiologies 189
Systemization 195
Undifferentiated Reports 204
Bibliography 219
Index 229
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