Revising History: Establishing a Methodology for the 7th Century
Beatrice St. Laurent [+]
Bridgewater State University
Isam Awwad [+]
Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem
Chapter 1 will address the issue of historical revision of the epoch of the Sufyanids and the vision of Mu’awiya in the textual and historical record. This will be explored in the context of the textual revolution primarily fostered by Patricia Crone’s Hagarism (1977) and the subsequent reconsideration and revision of her views in more recent scholarship—that of her student Robert Hoyland and the alternate view of Fred Donner (among others). Thus, Mu’awiya’s history will be re-evaluated within the newly defined parameters of current textual analysis.