Narratives of Islamic Origins: The Beginnings of Islamic Historical Writing


by Fred Donner

“The book presents a tradition-critical account of the origins of Islam. It argues that the need to legitimize the community and affirm its standing to the outside world influenced the narrative which became woven into the Arab chronicles in the late 7th to the 10th century.” —Wikipedia

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“Fred McGraw Donner (born 1945) is a scholar of Islam and Professor of Near Eastern History at the University of Chicago. He has published several books about early Islamic history.” —Wikipedia