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The rebel and the Imām in early Islam : explorations in Muslim historiography / Najam Haider.

Author/creator Haider, Najam Iftikhar, 1974- author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, [2019]
Descriptionxiii, 304 pages ; 24 cm
Contents Modeling Islamic historical writing -- The rise and fall of Mukhtār b. Abi 'Ubayd (d. 67/687) -- The life of Mūsa b. Ja'far al-Kāzim (d. 183/799) -- The last years of Yahyā b. 'Abd Allāh (d. 187/803) -- Reconsideration -- Appendix A. The narrative elements of Mukhtār's revolt.
Abstract To what extent do contemporary approaches to the study of Islamic historiography reflect the presuppositions that informed the writing of early Muslim historians? A proper answer to this question requires a consideration of the classical and late antique periods. Numerous studies over the last fifty years have shown that Muslim political, social, and intellectual structures appropriated (and further elaborated) preexisting models. This claim is not universally applicable, but it seems to hold in areas ranging from coinage and court culture to legal codes and literature. A similar dynamic likely governed the relationship between late antique and early Muslim historical writing. At the very least, an approach that highlights such continuity promises a better understanding of the source material than does the current propensity to utilize categories drawn from a modern European context.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
Issued in other formEbook version : 9781108661171
LCCN 2019010645
ISBN1107026059 hardcover
ISBNelectronic book

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