Muslims and Islamic Historiography



Authored by Abdolalim Abdolrahman Khezr and rendered into Persian by Sadegh Ebadi, Muslims and Recording History has been published by the Organization of Humanities Books Research and Publication of Universities (SAMT).

IBNA: According to the author, history is not an alien concept to Islamic thought.

He maintains that the book is an attempt to prove that history is no alien to Islamic way of thinking and Muslims have not adopted it from others, rather they have their own research methods in history.

In fact, what is practiced in the Europe as historical research methods have been taken from Muslims.

Muslims were the first to propose the science of history methodically and publicized it. They viewed it as a way lessons could be learned from the past and movements could be originated through time.

This view was sprung from the Quranic and prophetic approach towards history.

Quran has provided Muslims with a rich method for learning about humans'' in history. The book has garnered all the topics in its former divine books and in many cases has embroidered them within miraculous contexts.

In many cases, Quran reveals any historical ambiguities. Moreover, the prophet''s tradition is filled with lessons and teachings as well.

It has been reported that the prophet once said: this Quran is a widely spread table of God; enjoy it as much as you can. The Quran is the unbreakable thread to God and the brightener radiance and panacea of all diseases. It protects he who seeks it and saves he who follows it. It never rusts away and thus needs no purging. Reading does not wear it out and its singularity is infinite. Read it and God shall bestow ten bounties for reading each letter of it.

It is bases on these notions that Muslims devised their own version of historiography.

The book comprises seven chapters: the Scientific Definition of History and Its Link with Social Sciences, The Science of History among Muslims, The Necessity of Real, Impartial Historiography, Ibn Khaldoun''s View on Scientific History, Muslims'' Research Methods of History, Novel Approaches in Philosophy of History and Historical Research, Towards an Islamic Method, For Revising History.

Muslims and Recording History: a Research into Islamic Historiography would serve as a rich resource for history and Islamic nations students.

The book has been designed in 346 pages and its Persian rendition has been marketed.


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