Al-Hīra and Its Histories

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This study considers the production of history-writing in the Nasrid kingdom of al-hīra at the end of the sixth century. It argues that hīran history-writing encompassed king-lists, stories of tribal migration, and episcopal histories for the see of hīra, and that the majority of these were composed in the era of the last Nasrid king, al-Nu'mān III. It goes on to argue that the hīran material embedded in later sources such as al-Tabarī reflects the politics of the hīran court in the period ca. 590–610, the last generation of hīran independence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)785-799
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of the American Oriental Society
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016


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