Abd Allah ibn al-Zubayr and the Mahdi: Between propaganda and historical memory in the Second Civil War

Abd Allah ibn al-Zubayr and the Mahdi: Between propaganda and historical memory in the Second Civil War

Author: 
Shaddel, Mehdy
Publisher: 
Cambridge University Press
Date published: 
2017
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Bulletin of the school of Oriental and African studies
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Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Vol. 80, No. 1, February 2017, pp. 1-19
Abstract: 

The subject of the present paper is a prophetic tradition found in some compendia of eschatological a adith which has received considerable scholarly attention since Wilferd Madelung dedicated an article to it in 1981. Whereas Madelung shares the opinion of earlier scholars that only some of the incidents "prophesied" by this tradition are historical, this study aims to show that it is a wholly ex post facto composition which, in its various strata, remarkably captures episodes from the Zubayrid war of propaganda against their rivals as well as their later attempts to redeem the memory of their lost cause as a just one. The discussion closes by producing a highly singular Syrian tradition most certainly put into circulation with the intent of countering these Zubayrid propaganda efforts.

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CITATION: Shaddel, Mehdy. Abd Allah ibn al-Zubayr and the Mahdi: Between propaganda and historical memory in the Second Civil War . : Cambridge University Press , 2017. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Vol. 80, No. 1, February 2017, pp. 1-19 - Available at: http://library.au.int/abd-allah-ibn-al-zubayr-and-mahdi-between-propaganda-and-historical-memory-second-civil-war