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Neguin Yavari

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190855109

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190855109.001.0001

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Of History and Biography

Of History and Biography

(p.1) 1 Of History and Biography
The Future of Iran's Past

Neguin Yavari

Oxford University Press

Is there an essentially “Islamic” tradition of biographical writing? To put this to the test, the chapter focuses on the roughly contemporaneous medieval biographies, by Einhard (d. 840) and Ibn ‘Abd al-Hakam (d. 829)—both secular firsts—of two non-contemporary rulers: Charlemagne (r. 768-814) and ‘Umar b. ‘Abd al-‘Aziz (r. 717-20). Accounting for similarities or differences in both style and content of biographical writings in different historical milieus induces a new understanding of the relationship between text and context, and offers new modes of reading. A more complex ancillary of this revision is a fresh look at exchange, transmission or crosspollination to explain instances of convergence between alien texts. The distant objective is a new model for global history that has the conceptual arsenal to explain what specific role representations play in the history of the social order.

Keywords:   Biographical writing, Medieval biographies, Einhard, Ibn ‘Abd al-Hakam, Charlemagne, ‘Umar b. ‘Abd al-‘Aziz, Islamic tradition, Global history

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