The History’s Early Influence on Islam

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This chapter will explore ways in which Muhammad al-Tabari’s The History influenced and inspired some of the most notable individual Muslims and Muslim civilizations closest to its time. Beyond understanding the author’s intentions, the apparently immediate effects on notable figures and historical events coming in its wake provide a second important clue to the essential purpose of the narrative. The chapter will ground this investigation in exploring the work of a number of outstanding medieval Muslim scholars, associated broadly with what is often referred to as the ‘Golden Age of Islam’, and the historical events known widely as La Convivencia . The chapter will underline the apparent connections between these instances and the inspiration given to them by al-Tabari’s narrative of Islam.


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  1. 1.University of NewcastleCallaghanAustralia
  2. 2.University of NewcastleCallaghanAustralia

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