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The Kharijites in Early Islamic Historical TraditionHeroes and Villains$
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Hannah-Lena Hagemann

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781474450881

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474450881.001.0001

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Literary Approaches to Islamic Historiography and Khārijite History

Literary Approaches to Islamic Historiography and Khārijite History

(p.59) 1 Literary Approaches to Islamic Historiography and Khārijite History
The Kharijites in Early Islamic Historical Tradition

Hannah-Lena Hagemann

Edinburgh University Press

Chapter One gives an introductory overview of the challenges inherent in both the ‘genre’ and the research field of early Islamic historiography. It addresses approaches to historical writing, often heavily influenced by the Linguistic Turn, that are prominent in other disciplines and may prove useful in improving how scholars of early Islam engage with their own source material. The main part of the chapter then reviews some of the scholarship that has highlighted the rhetorical features of the early Islamic (historical) tradition. The chapter concludes by arguing for the application of similar methods to Khārijite history, thus preparing the ground for the literary analysis to follow.

Keywords:   Islamic historiography, Historiography, Linguistic Turn, Islamic tradition, Khārijite history, Literary analysis

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