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Rediscovering al-Azdī and the Futūḥ al-Shām Narrative (Hardback)

Manuscripts, Parallel Texts, Research History

P&S History > Humanities P&S History > Social Science & Culture > Middle Eastern Culture

Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Islamic History and Thought
Pages: 426
ISBN: 9781463243821
Published: 29th December 2021
Casemate UK Academic

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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.

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