Early Sunnī Historiography

A Study of the Tārīkh of Khalīfa b. Khayyāṭ

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In Early Sunnī Historiography, Tobias Andersson presents the first full-length study of the earliest Islamic chronological history extant: the Tārīkh ( Chronicle) of the Basran ḥadīth scholar and historian Khalīfa b. Khayyāṭ al-ʿUṣfurī (d. 240/854). The book examines how Khalīfa worked as a historian in terms of his social and intellectual context, selection of sources, methods of compilation, arrangement of material and narration of key themes in comparison to the wider historiographical tradition. It shows how Khalīfa’s affiliation with the early Sunnī ḥadīth scholars of Basra is reflected in his methods and concerns throughout the Tārīkh, while also highlighting similarities to other histories compiled by ḥadīth scholars of the third/ninth century.
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Biographical Note

Tobias Andersson, Ph.D. (2016), University of Edinburgh, is a researcher at Uppsala University. He has published in the field of Islamic historiography and translated classical Arabic works into English and Swedish.

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All those interested in Islamic historiography, ḥadīth scholarship, early Sunnī Islam and the early history of Islam more generally.

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