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Volume :32 Issue : 121 2006      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Al-Awtabis Al-Ansab: The Problem of Authorship and Text

Auther : Dr. Hassan M. A. Al Naboodah

     This is a critical and analytical study of the well-known book Al-Ansab, commonly attributed to Al Awtabi. The paper deals with the authors style, his methods, and his religious inclinations, as well as his Omani connections. The study also attempts to place Al-Ansab in a more precise historical context according to the references to known events and characters.

     The civil war which broke out in Oman towards the end of the third century AH / ninth century AD appears to have influenced the author of Al-Ansab, although his attitude towards these tumultuous events is surprisingly neutral and objective. This approach is markedly different to that shown in Al-Dhiya, which is also attributed to Al-Awtabi, but is characterised by its religious fervour and prejudice, unlike the level-headed, balanced and objective tone and outlook of Al-Ansab.

     The study also covers the historical contents of Al-Ansab and their significance as well as a review of the different sources referred to or quoted from by the author. The conclusion draws attention to the importance of Al-Ansab and the necessity of it being editted and published with more rigorous standards than those currently available in the published edition. It is also important to compare and contrast the historical material of the book with other Omani sources in order to reach a better understanding of the history of the region during this period.

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