Methoden zur Datierung von islamischen Überlieferungen
[S.l. : s.n.]
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Arabisch en Islam
The historical study of Islam aims at reconstructing Islamic history and culture. Scholars need sources from the past for this task. Direct sources going back to the period when Islam started are scarcely available. We have mostly traditions preserved in later written collections. The historical reliability of these traditions is not certain because it is possible, sometimes even demonstrable, that religious and political developments have coloured or even produced these traditions. In order to be able to say something on the Islam and the Islamic history during the first two centuries AH at all, scholars of Islam must establish the historical reliability of the sources. Dating them is the foremost step to reach that goal. The lecture reviews four dating methods most currently used in western studies of early Islam and discusses their strong and weak points
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