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Title: Al-Balādhurī's Prophet's Biography: Narrative in Service of Politics
Authors: Rihan, Mohammad 
Affiliations: Faculty of Arts and Sciences 
Keywords: Abū Lahab
Ahmad b. Yahyā al-Balādhurī'-'Abbāsids
al-'Abbās b. 'Abd al-Muttalib
al-Mutawakkil
Legitimization
Prophet Muhammad
Issue Date: 2022-01-01
Publisher: BRILL
Part of: Journal of Arabic Literature
Volume: 53
Issue: 3-4
Start page: 290
End page: 309
Abstract: 
The monumental multi-volume work Ansāb al-ashrāf, authored by Ahmad b. Yahyā al-Balādhurī, represents an intellectual edifice recognized by many scholars. However, this paper endeavors to discuss in depth the first volume of it, which al-Balādhurī dedicated to the life of the Prophet Muhammad, and attempts to show that the underlying reasons for writing another biography of the Prophet-in an age where the Sīrah of the Prophet was well established-were mainly political and personal, linked in particular to the rule of the 'Abbāsids. It aimed to legitimize 'Abbāsid rule by systematically and subtly enhancing the role of 'Abbāsid symbols and ancestry in the formation of early Islam, mainly by linking the eponym of the 'Abbasid dynasty, al-'Abbās b. 'Abd al-Muttalib, to a positive image of the Prophet.
URI: https://scholarhub.balamand.edu.lb/handle/uob/6215
ISSN: 00852376
DOI: 10.1163/1570064x-12341462
Open URL: Link to full text
Type: Journal Article
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