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Seeing Islam as others saw it : a survey and evaluation of Christian, Jewish, and Zoroastrian writings on early Islam

Author: Robert G Hoyland
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Darwin Press, 1997.
Series: Studies in late antiquity and early Islam, 13.
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This book offers a new approach to the vexing question of how to write the early history of Islam. The first part discusses the nature of the Muslim and non-Muslim source material for the seventh- and eighth-century Middle East and argues that by lessening the divide between these two traditions, which has largely been erected by modern scholarship, we can come to a better appreciation of this crucial period. The  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert G Hoyland
ISBN: 0878501258 9780878501250
OCLC Number: 36884186
Description: xviii, 872 pages : maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: The historical background --
The nature of the sources --
Greek sources --
West Syrian, Coptic and Armenian sources --
East Syrian sources --
Latin sources --
Jewish, Persian and Chinese sources --
Apocalypses and visions --
Martyrologies --
Chronicles and histories --
Apologies and disputations --
Non-Muslim conceptions of Islam --
Using Non-Muslim sources: an empirical approach --
Using Non-Muslim sources: an argumentative approach --
Excurses. The Canons and Resolutions of Jacob of Edessa The Byzantine-Arab Chronicle of 741 and Its Eastern Source ; An Outline of the Syriac Common Source ; The Passion of David of Dwin ; Georgian Historical Writing Dated Arabic Writings, AH 1-135/622-752.
Series Title: Studies in late antiquity and early Islam, 13.
Responsibility: Robert G. Hoyland.

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This book offers a new approach to the vexing question of how to write the early history of Islam. The first part discusses the nature of the Muslim and non-Muslim source material for the seventh- and eighth-century Middle East and argues that by lessening the divide between these two traditions, which has largely been erected by modern scholarship, we can come to a better appreciation of this crucial period. The second part gives a detailed survey of sources and an analysis of some 120 non-Muslim texts, all of which provide information about the first century and a half of Islam (roughly A.D. 620-780). The third part furnishes examples, according to the approach suggested in the first part and with the material presented in the second part, how one might write the history of this time. The fourth part takes the form of excurses on various topics, such as the process of Islamization, the phenomenon of conversion to Islam, the development of techniques for determining the direction of prayer, and the conquest of Egypt.

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