The Invention of Islamic History

By S. Adel Hashemi Najafabadi.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Generally, in the history of religion, the interrelation of religion and society has produced numerous invented traditions. Hence, not only a specific religion has had various appearances during its history, but also it may be different in the same time in different parts of the world. This study provides a discussion to clarify that to what extent the history of Islam has been invented and how. For this purpose, two different viewpoints of the insiders or Muslims and the outsiders or non-Muslims will be examined. In fact, it is clear that each side looks at this historical scene through its specific eyeglasses. This study also indicates how Islamic history and tradition could be seen differently by different groups of Muslims themselves.

Keywords: Islamic History & Tradition, Invention of Tradition, Historical Revisionism, Sectarian Views of History, Shi’ism & Sunnism

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp.255-264. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 745.473KB).

S. Adel Hashemi Najafabadi

Graduate Student, Center for Arab & Islamic Studies, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia

I am a graduate student at the Australian National University, the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies, working on Shi’ism. I have also another master degree in Social Welfare planning and a degree in Electrical Engineering from Iran.


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