Telling Stories

Nancy Khalek

in Damascus after the Muslim Conquest

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199736515
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918614 | DOI:
Telling Stories

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This chapter is an in-depth view of teachers and scholars living in Damascus and the broader Syria over the course of the first few centuries of Islamic life in the city. It traces the scholarly activity of two families of scholars, descendants of the tribe of Ghassan, which had a long history of relations with the Byzantine Empire. A close reading of the historiographical output from these two families demonstrates shifting modes of historical writing in the early Islamic period. The chapter also analyzes the impact of Byzantine texts on other early Islamic textual production, especially with respect to disputation and conquest literature.

Keywords: Damascus; Byzantine; Syria; Ghassan; texts; scholars

Chapter.  20387 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Islam

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