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The Rise of Historical Writing Among the Arabs
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This is the first translation of a classic work (Bahth fi nnsh' at 'ilm al ta' rikh 'inda l-'Arab) by the eminent Arab historian A. A. Duri. Published in Beirut in 1960, Duri's book was the first comprehensive effort to trace the origins and early development of Arab historical writing, and to resolve some extremely complex and still debated questions about the reliability of the Arabic historical sources.

Originally published in 1984.

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Introduction
  2. Fred M. Donner
  3. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Note on the English Translation
  2. p. xix
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. 3-11
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  1. CHAPTER ONEThe Rise of History Among theArabs and Its Development Duringthe First Three Centuries A.H.
  2. pp. 12-75
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  1. CHAPTER TWOOrigins of the Historical Schoolof Medina: cUrwa—al-Zuhri
  2. pp. 76-121
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  1. CHAPTER THREEThe Beginnings of Historical Folklore:Wahb ibn Munabbih
  2. pp. 122-135
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  1. CHAPTER FOUROrigins of the Historical Schoolof Iraq: Its Rise and DevelopmentUntil the Third Century A.H.
  2. pp. 136-151
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  1. CHAPTER FIVEMotives for the Writing of Historyand the Historical Views Embodied inthe Works of the First Historians
  2. pp. 152-160
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  1. Bibliography of Works Cited
  2. pp. 161-176
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 177-192
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