Arabs and Iranians in the Islamic Conquest Narrative (Culture and Civilization in the Middle East)
By: Scott Savran (author)Hardback
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This book analyzes how early Muslim historians merged the pre-Islamic histories of the Arab and Iranian peoples into a didactic narrative culminating with the Arab conquest of Iran. Through an in-depth examination of Islamic historical accounts of encounters between representatives of these two ethnicities taking place in the centuries prior to the coming of Islam, this book uncovers anachronistic projections of contemporaneous Islamic discourses. It shows how the formulaic placement of such embellishment within the context of the narrative served to justify the Arabs' rise to power while explaining the fall of the Iranian Sasanian Empire. By so doing, this book sheds new light on how historians of the early Islamic era both perceived and constructed pre-Islamic history.
Scott Savran is Visiting Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech University
1 Introduction 2 The Negotiation of Iranian Culture in an Islamic Imperial Context 3 The Shu'ubiyya: A Repository of Socially Charged Imagery 4 The Arab Dawla: The Assimilation of Iranian History in the Islamic Historiographical Tradition 5 The Opening of the Drama: Shapur and the Sheikh 6 Bahram V Gur, the Lakhmids and the Hephthalite Disaster 7 The Twighlight of Sasanian Power: Khusraw I Anushirvan and the Yemeni Embassies 8 The Build-up to the Confrontation: Khusraw II Parviz and the Rise of the Arabs 9 The Climax: the Arab Liquidation of the Sasanian State 10 Conclusion Dynastic Lists Bibliography
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