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Conversion to IslamCompeting Themes in Early Islamic Historiography$
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Ayman S. Ibrahim

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780197530719

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197530719.001.0001

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Attempts at Compromise

Attempts at Compromise

Conversion Themes in Islamic Historiography in the Aftermath of the Miḥna (218/833–299/911)

(p.169) 4 Attempts at Compromise
Conversion to Islam

Ayman S. Ibrahim

Oxford University Press

Chapter 4 focuses on the aftermath of the miḥna and the continued fight for orthodoxy in the period (218/833–299/911). It examines the interaction between the caliphs and their historians, tracing and analyzing conversion topoi in works written during this period. It establishes how the ᶜAbbāsid caliphs’ attempts—both at compromise with the traditionists and at maintaining the fight for ᶜAbbāsid claims—have redesigned conversion depictions. This period witnessed both the suppression of extreme views and the elevation of moderate portrayals of conversion. Conversion depictions in the aftermath of the miḥna were influenced by reconciliatory attempts between the rulers and historians, as evidenced by the harmonization of differing ideologies.

Keywords:   mihna, Sunni, Shiite, conversion to Islam, Islamic studies, Abbasids, Umayyads, Muhammad, Muslim historiography

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