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Conversion to Islam: Competing Themes in Early Islamic Historiography

Ayman S. Ibrahim


Why did non-Muslims convert to Islam during Muhammad’s life and under his immediate successors? How did Muslim historians portray these conversions? Why did their portrayals differ significantly? To what extent were their portrayals influenced by their time of writing, religious inclinations, and political affiliations? These are the fundamental questions that drive this study. Relying on numerous works, including primary sources from over a hundred classical Muslim historians, this investigation is the first scholarly study to detect, trace, and analyze conversion themes in early Muslim histo ... More

Keywords: Islam, Islamic history, conversion to Islam, Muhammad’s biography, Muslim historiography, Muslim-Christian relations, caliphate, Abbasid studies, medieval Islam, medieval historiography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197530719
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197530719.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ayman S. Ibrahim, author
Bill and Connie Jenkins Associate Professor of Islamic Studies, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary