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Toward A History Of Umayyad Legacies

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This introductory chapter of the book begins with a narration of an episode, which is the perfect analogy of the historians craft in general and of the study of the Umayyad legacy in particular. To answer the questionhow do we know what we think we know about the Umayyadsrequires a brief consideration of the history of Umayyad historical memory, one that includes how the Umayyads wanted to be remembered and how later generations shaped that memory for us. The writing of history in early Islamic times was bound up with issues of legitimacy, and so one would expect the textual sources to be logical sites for the relics of Umayyad memoria. The shaping and creation of Umayyad legacies is perhaps clearest in the book when addressing the interplay between History and Memory.

Keywords: early Islamic period; Umayyad legacies



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