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The Arabic Recension of the Martyrs of Najrân


The account of the Martyrs of Najran has hitherto been known only through the Greek and the Syriac textual tradition, but this book offers an analysis of the original Arabic account to provide information about the most important details, and for identifying the original text of the Arabic version. A comparative study of the contents and structure of the tragic events which took place in the South Arabian city of Najran as they were narrated in the Arabic recension contained in the MS Sinaitic Arabic 535.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-61719-158-9
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: May 28,2010
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 130
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-61719-158-9
$155.35
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A comparative study of the contents and structure of the tragic events which took place in the South Arabian city of Najran as they were narrated in the Arabic recension contained in the MS Sinaitic Arabic 535, the most important of the Arabic witnesses in which the account of the Martyrs of Najran is included. As the account of the Martyrs of Najran has hitherto been known only through the Greek and the Syriac textual tradition, an original analysis of the Arabic account, with a comparative scope, is offered in this book to provide information about the most important details, and for identifying the original text from which the Arabic version was made.

A comparative study of the contents and structure of the tragic events which took place in the South Arabian city of Najran as they were narrated in the Arabic recension contained in the MS Sinaitic Arabic 535, the most important of the Arabic witnesses in which the account of the Martyrs of Najran is included. As the account of the Martyrs of Najran has hitherto been known only through the Greek and the Syriac textual tradition, an original analysis of the Arabic account, with a comparative scope, is offered in this book to provide information about the most important details, and for identifying the original text from which the Arabic version was made.

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Contributor Biography

Juan Pedro Monferrer-Sala

Professor Juan Pedro Monferrer-Sala, Ph.D. University of Granada, is specialized in Semitic Studies and teaches in the Faculty of Arts, University of Córdoba. He has published studies of religious texts from early Islam, Christian-Arabic and Judaeo-Arabic materials. He is currently working on the edition and study of Christian-Arabic manuscripts and on Semitic linguistics as well.

  • Table of Contents (page 5)
  • Preface and Acknowledgements (page 7)
  • Abbreviations (page 11)
  • 1. Historical Framework of the Events (page 15)
  • 2. Text Setting (page 23)
  • 3. Contents and Structure (page 33)
    • At the start of the account: the need for a context (page 37)
    • The persecution of the Nagranites: martyrdoms and burning of the city (page 47)
    • The punitive Axumite attack against the Jewish ruler in the South Arabian land (page 71)
    • A story within the story (page 75)
    • Back to the fray (page 77)
    • The re-Christianization of Saba and Nagran (page 81)
    • A new stylite (page 83)
  • Map (page 85)
  • Plate (page 87)
  • Bibliography (page 89)
  • Biblical and qur'anic references (page 111)
  • General Index (page 113)
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