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      The Kharijites in Early Islamic Historical Tradition : Heroes and Villains

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          Abstract

          Analyses the narrative function of Khārijism in 9th- and 10th-century Islamic historiography

          • The first book-length literary study of Khārijism

          • Sheds new light on the creation of historical memory in early Islamic historiography

          • Emphasises the importance of literary approaches to early Islamic history

          • Calls for a reassessment of historical Khārijism based on the findings of this literary analysis

          Why are stories told about the Khārijites – purported rebels and heretics? From the Khārijites’ origins at the Battle of Ṣiffīn in 657 CE until the death of the caliph ʿAbd al-Malik b. Marwān in 705 CE, this exhaustive literary analysis provides a fresh perspective on Khārijite history as depicted in early Islamic historiography.

          The Islamic tradition portrays Khārijism as a heretical movement of militantly pious zealots, a notion largely reiterated by what little modern scholarship there is on the Khārijites. Hannah-Lena Hagemann moves away from the usual positivist reconstructions of Khārijite history ‘as it really was’ and instead examines its narrative function in early Islamic historiography. The results of this literary analysis highlight the need for a serious reassessment of the historical phenomenon of Khārijism as it is currently understood in scholarship.

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          9781474450898
          9781474450904
          9781474450881
          9781474450911
          01 June 2021
          b27264af-d912-4f10-9a28-ff3bcde25ba0
          History

          HIS026000,HIS037010,REL037010,SOC048000,3H,HI,M,IS,ISF,1FB,HBJF1,HRH,HBLC,HBLC1,JFSR2

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