The Arabs and Islam in Late Antiquity:
A Critique of Approaches to Arabic Sources
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1. Edition (2014-07)
Hardcover, 168 pages
HC ISBN 9783940924421
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This work provides a critique of Arabic textual sources for the history of the Arabs in late antique times, during the centuries immediately preceding Muhammad and up to and including the Umayyad period.
Aziz Al-Azmeh considers the value and relevance of a range of literary sources, including orality and literacy, ancient Arabic poetry, the corpus of Arab heroic lore (ayyam), the early narrative, and the Qur’an. The work includes a very extensive bibliography of the works cited.
This is the first book in the Gerlach Press series Theories and Paradigms of Islamic Studies.