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Rediscovering al-Azdī and the Futūḥ al-Shām Narrative

Manuscripts, Parallel Texts, Research History


The Futūḥ al-Shām (The Conquests of Greater Syria), usually attributed to Abū Ismāʿīl Muḥammad b. ʿAbdallāh al-Azdī al-Baṣrī, is one of the primary sources used for historians studying the early Muslim expansion into Greater Syria. This study revaluates the Futūḥ al-Shām narrative and the question of its compiler-author, investigating the history of the narrative as text through an analysis of a new manuscript and important parallel texts, and revisiting the evidence and hypotheses previous scholars have put forward on both al-Azdī’s life and the Futūḥ al-Shām narrative’s text. It thus offers an overview of the history of Oriental and Islamic Studies on the basis of one work.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-4382-1
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Publication Status: Forthcoming
Publication Date: Dec 29,2021
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 7 x 10
Page Count: 426
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4382-1
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The Futūḥ al-Shām (The Conquests of Greater Syria), usually attributed to Abū Ismāʿīl Muḥammad b. ʿAbdallāh al-Azdī al-Baṣrī, is one of the primary sources used for historians studying the early Muslim expansion into Greater Syria. This study revaluates the Futūḥ al-Shām narrative and the question of its compiler-author, investigating the history of the narrative as text through an analysis of a new manuscript and important parallel texts, and revisiting the evidence and hypotheses previous scholars have put forward on both al-Azdī’s life and the Futūḥ al-Shām narrative’s text. It thus offers an overview of the history of Oriental and Islamic Studies on the basis of one work.

The Futūḥ al-Shām (The Conquests of Greater Syria), usually attributed to Abū Ismāʿīl Muḥammad b. ʿAbdallāh al-Azdī al-Baṣrī, is one of the primary sources used for historians studying the early Muslim expansion into Greater Syria. This study revaluates the Futūḥ al-Shām narrative and the question of its compiler-author, investigating the history of the narrative as text through an analysis of a new manuscript and important parallel texts, and revisiting the evidence and hypotheses previous scholars have put forward on both al-Azdī’s life and the Futūḥ al-Shām narrative’s text. It thus offers an overview of the history of Oriental and Islamic Studies on the basis of one work.

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ContributorBiography

Jens Scheiner

Jens Scheiner is professor for Islamic Studies at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. He received his Ph.D. from Radboud Universiteit in Nijmegen (2009). His research focuses on early Islamic political and cultural history in its late antique context, Arabic historiography and Ḥadīth Studies, in particular the Isnād-cum-Matn Analysis.

Acknowledgments (ix)
Introduction (1)
Chapter 1. The Futūḥ al-Shām Narrative in Arabic Manuscripts (15)
Chapter 2. The Futūḥ al-Shām Narrative in Muslim and Christian Literature (155)
Chapter 3. A History of Azdī-ology (213)
Epilogue. Al-Azdī, the Compiler-Author of the Futūḥ al-Shām Narrative? (359) Bibliography (369)
Index (391)