Arabs and Iranians in the Islamic Conquest Narrative: Memory and Identity Construction in Islamic Historiography, 750–1050, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Arabs and Iranians in the Islamic Conquest Narrative

Memory and Identity Construction in Islamic Historiography, 750–1050, 1st Edition

By Scott Savran


248 pages

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Arabs and Iranians in the Islamic Conquest Narrative analyzes how early Muslim historians merged the pre-Islamic histories of the Arab and Iranian peoples into a didactic narrative culminating with the Arab conquest of Iran. 

This book provides an in-depth examination of Islamic historical accounts of the encounters between representatives of these two peoples that took place in the centuries prior to the coming of Islam. By doing this, it uncovers anachronistic projections of dynamic identity and political discourses within the contemporaneous Islamic world.  It shows how the formulaic placement of such embellishment within the context of the narrative served to justify the Arabs’ rise to power, whilst also explaining the fall of the Iranian Sasanian empire. The objective of this book is not simply to mine Islamic historical chronicles for the factual data they contain about the pre-Islamic period, but rather to understand how the authors of these works thought about this era. 

By investigating the intersection between early Islamic memory, identity construction, and power discourses, this book will benefit researchers and students of Islamic history and literature and Middle Eastern Studies.  

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Shifting Patterns of Identity and Early Islamic Historiography in Context

3. The Opening of the Drama: Shāpūr and the Sheikh

4. Bahrām V Gūr, the Lakhmids, and the Hephthalite Disaster

5. The Twilight of Sasanian Power: Khusraw I Anūshirvān and the Saga of Ḥimyar

6. The Buildup to the Confrontation: Khusraw II Parvīz and the Rise of the Arabs

7. The Climax: The Islamic Victory over the Sasanians

8. Conclusion

About the Author

Scott Savran obtained his PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 2011. Dr Savran's research focuses on identity-based discourses in early Islamic historiography.

About the Series

Culture and Civilization in the Middle East

This series studies the Middle East through the twin foci of its diverse cultures and civilizations. Comprising original monographs as well as scholarly surveys, it covers topics in the fields of Middle Eastern literature, archaeology, law, history, philosophy, science, folklore, art, architecture and language. While there is a plurality of views, the series presents serious scholarship in a lucid and stimulating fashion.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Middle East / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies