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Volume :31 Issue : 123 2013      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Hamzah Al-Asfahani As A Historian: An Analysis of His Book, "Tareekh Siniy Molouk Al-Ardh Walanbiyaa" (in Arabic)

Auther : Tarek Al-Azzam

The science of history developed in the first three centuries of al-Hejirah. It was transferred from mere disconnected news and stories to a basic stable independent science by the efforts of a lot of Muslim scholars. With the intention of examining the development of the Muslims' history of science, this research investigates the system and status of a historian of the fourth century of Al-Hejirah, namely, Hamzah Bin Al-Hassan Al-Asfahani who was well known for his book "Tareekh Siniy Molouk Al-Ardh Walanbiyaa".
The study concluded that Al-Asfahani was a historian characterized by his wide knowledge. In the introduction to his book, he sought to understand and analyse the important factors in historical writings. The
resources of his book were diverse and he was able to criticize and test their narratives. He followed a clear approach characterized by brevity, testing and contrasting the versions of resources seeking a precise text.

He was committed to citing the resources of his narratives and determining his quotations. He showed brilliance in dealing with contemporary narrations in a way that showed preciseness in place and time. His book is considered to be the one of the most important resources in the history of Persian Pre-Islam Arabs and the the history of the Islamic state, especially the Abbassid period. Through his book, Al-Asfahani presented an international brief and precise  history. But he showed a clear bias and fanaticism for the Persians and a fanatical stand against the Arabs, especially in dealing with the biography of Abi Muslim Al- Khurassani.

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