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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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Observations Regarding the Historiographical Tradition on Khārijism

Observations Regarding the Historiographical Tradition on Khārijism

(p.257) 7 Observations Regarding the Historiographical Tradition on Khārijism
The Kharijites in Early Islamic Historical Tradition

Hannah-Lena Hagemann

Edinburgh University Press

Chapter Seven does not address Khārijite history but rather returns to the early Islamic historical tradition itself. Gathering together insights gained from the preceding literary analyses, the chapter asks what the portrayal of Khārijism in Islamic historiography can tell us about its formation, and whether we can actually speak of an historiographical ‘tradition’ on Khārijism. The chapter discusses potential differences between so-called ‘proto-Sunnī’ and ‘proto-Shīʿī’ works, concluding that it makes little sense to distinguish between them, at least during the period investigated here (9th-10th century CE) and with regard to Khārijism. The conclusion to Chapter Seven then puts a particular spotlight on Ibn Aʿtham and his Kitābal-Futūḥ, a work that is quite distinct from the other sources studied in this book.

Keywords:   Khārijite history, Islamic historiography, proto-Sunnī, proto-Shīʿī, Khārijism, Ibn Aʿtham

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