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The Kharijites in Early Islamic Historical Tradition: Heroes and Villains

Hannah-Lena Hagemann


The Khārijites are perhaps the most notorious rebels of early Islamic history. The Islamic tradition portrays them as a heretical movement of militant zealots, a notion largely reiterated by modern scholarship on this phenomenon, which is both surprisingly scarce and largely concerned with historical Khārijism ‘as it really was’. In contrast, this book provides the first comprehensive literary analysis of the early years of Khārijite history (c657-705 CE) as depicted in 9th- and 10th-century CE Islamic historiography. It purposefully moves away from positivist reconstructions and instead exam ... More

Keywords: Khārijites, Khārijism, Khārijite history, Rebels, Heretics, Narrative, Islamic history, Islamic historiography, Literary analysis, Historical memory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781474450881
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474450881.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hannah-Lena Hagemann, author
Hamburg University

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