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Early Islam Between Myth and History: Al-Hasan Al-Basri (D. 110h/728ce) and the Formation of His Legacy in Classical Islamic Scholarship
This volume examines the process through which a historical character named al-?asan al-Ba?r? was transformed into a myth by several groups in medieval Islam. Al-?asan lived in the city of Basra, southern Iraq, and was famed for his piety, which attracted to him a large number of disciples who went on to play important roles in the formation of several religious trends. Th ...more
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by Brill
(first published December 1st 2005)
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Recommends it for: those who like to learn how the early history of Islam has been formed during centuries
Al-Hasan al-Basri (21-110H /624-728CE), one of the eminent figures of early Islam, has been a highly controversial personality and a man of contradiction. He is claimed by the medieval sources to be both the founder of mysticism and asceticism as well as an ordinary pious man or even an appreciator of worldly pleasures, a predestinarian and a Qadarite (believer in free will), a pacifist and a revolutionary, and the founder father of Mu’tazilites and a pioneer of Sunnite Islam. These contradictio ...more