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Sources available today to write the story of the early centuries of Islam are mostly narrative sources, which were mainly composed in Abbasid Iraq; earlier sources existed, but did not reach us. To renew our knowledge of Syrian space 2nd/8th century, we must go beyond these "classic" texts and try to fix the contours of writing historical intention in Islam. Such an approach raises questions first about the birth of Islamic historiography, and then the transmission conditions of narratives of early Muslim historians. This chapter presents several remarks on the writing of history in the first centuries of Islam. The lack of contemporary narrative sources of the Umayyad period poses various problems. Did these sources exist? What kind of sources were they? These and other related questions are addressed in the chapter. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords: Islamic historiography; Muslim historians; narrative sources; Syria

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