Medieval Islamic Historiography

Medieval Islamic Historiography : Remembering Rebellion

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This book is a comparative analysis of the medieval Sunni historiography of the caliphate of Uthman b. Affan and the revolt against him. By comparing treatments of Uthman in pietistic literature and universal chronicles, the work traces the gradual silencing of more critical accounts in favor of those that portray Uthman as a saintly companion of the Prophet Muhammad. Through a comparative analysis of authors between genres and time periods, this book shows how authors were able to convey their personal perspectives on important religio-political tensions that emerged through the revolt against Uthman, namely the tension between Sunnis and Shiis, religious and political authority and appeals to maintain stability and unity vs. appeals for greater justice. This last debate, which in many ways began with the revolt against Uthman, has been repeated most recently in the Arab Spring. This work therefore provides readers with helpful historical context for important contemporary more

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  • Paperback | 188 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 11.18mm | 136g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 6 black & white illustrations, 6 black & white halftones
  • 1138952567
  • 9781138952560

About Heather N. Keaney

Heather N. Keaney is an Assistant Professor of History at Westmont College, Santa Barbara. She is also the Co-director of the Westmont in Istanbul semester abroad study program, which she designed and led in its first outing during Spring more

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"Heather N. Keaney's book is essential reading for all researchers and teachers in Islamic history and Islamic studies". Goran Larsson, University of Gothenburg, Sweden "Keaney's work is an important addition to the historiographical literature" Steven C. Judd, Southern Connecticut State University Journal of the American Oriental Society 135.2 pages 403-405 (2015)show more

Table of contents

1. Introduction: Narrating 'Uthman 2. Representation: 'Uthman in the Third/Ninth Century Syntheses 3. Reaction: 'Uthman in the Fourth/Tenth to Sixth/Twelfth Centuries Fada'il and Chronicles 4. Retrenchment: 'Uthman in the Seventh/Thirteenth Century Fada'il and Chronicles 5. Re-evaluation: 'Uthman in the Eighth/Fourteenth Century Chronicles. Conclusionshow more

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