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Genealogy and Knowledge in Muslim SocietiesUnderstanding the Past$
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Sarah Bowen Savant and Helena de Felipe

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748644971

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748644971.001.0001

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Was Marwan ibn al-Hakam the First “Real” Muslim?

Was Marwan ibn al-Hakam the First “Real” Muslim?

(p.105) Chapter 7 Was Marwan ibn al-Hakam the First “Real” Muslim?
Genealogy and Knowledge in Muslim Societies

Fred M. Donner

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines how we may we use genealogies for writing about the past by focusing on genealogies as a source for writing religious history, and particularly that of the early Muslim community in Arabia and Iran. It analyses the genealogy of the Umayyad Marwan ibn al-Hakam (r. 684–5 CE) for what it may suggest of the identity of ‘the early community of Believers’. It considers the contradictory nature of the surviving literary reports about Marwan before discussing Marwan's genealogy, embedded in the early Arabic tradition, as onomastic evidence. By analysing the onomasticon of the families who played a prominent role in the early Believers' movement, the chapter shows that Marwan drew on names of qur'anic prophets when naming no less than a half-dozen of his own sons. It argues that Marwan's naming practices indicate a key turning point in the history of ‘the early community of Believers’ and the initial emergence of a Muslim identity.

Keywords:   religious history, Arabia, Iran, genealogy, Marwan ibn al-Hakam, Arabic tradition, onomasticon, qur'anic prophets, Muslim identity, naming practices

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