The Early Arabic Historical Tradition: A Source-critical Study

Publication Year
1994
Abstract

In collaboration with Lawrence I. Conrad, Ph.D. 1981; translated from the German by Michael Bonner, Ph.D. 1987

Contents

I. The Salient Themes of Early Historical Tradition. Primary Themes. Ridda. Futuh. Fitna. Administration. Sirat al-khulafa. Ansab. Iran. Secondary Themes. Gharat. Dating According to the Hijra. Annalistic Style. Arrangement According to Caliphates. Law and Administration. Cities. Court and Central Government. Casual Links

II. Literary Forms. Documents. Letters. Speechees. Lists. Awa'il

III. Topoi. Topoi Connected with Personal Names. Order of Battle (wa-'ala). Persons Who Kill or Capture Well-Known Enemies. Messages of Victory Sent to the Caliph. Arranging the Succession of Command. Appointing Deputies. Reinforcements. Topoi Emphasizing Feats of Arms. The Significant or Decisive Battle. War Elephants. Crossing Over. Chains. Topoi Which Serve to Glorify Former Times. "To begin with..." The Caliphs and Their Advisors. Mountains at the Backs of the Muslim Armies. The Takbar as the Signal to Attack. The Seeking of Martyrdom. The Summons to Islam.

Topoi with no Recognizable Coherent Tendency. Conquest of Cities. Single Combat. The Thousandman. Women Clad as Warriors. Analogous Narrative Motifs

IV. Schemata. Trasitional Formulae. Pseudo-Causes. Etiologies. Systemization. Undifferentiated Reports.

Series Title
Studies in late antiquity and early Islam
Edition
2nd
Series Volume
3
Publisher
Darwin Press
City
Princeton, NJ
ISBN
0878500820
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