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Bibil Identifier bibil:216374
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Persistence of Heresy: Paul of Tarsus, Ibn Sabaʼ, and Historical Narrative in Sunni Identity Formation
Author Barzegar, Abbas
Journal Numen. International Review for the History of Religions (Volume: 58, Issue: 2-3)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 207-231 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article analyzes the way in which a distinctly Sunni Islamic identity establishes its internal and external borders at the intersection of the historical perceptions of Christianity and Judaism on the one hand and Shiism on the other. It is argued that community identity - performed here through the label of the Ahl al-Sunna wa-l-Jamāa, literally “People of the Prophetic precedent and the community” - is constituted in large part by a grand historical narrative. Drawing upon narrative theory and concepts surrounding canon formation, it is argued that in addition to the arenas of law and theology, community memory as performed through the practice of historical narration is a critical lens through which to understand the nature of authority, identity, and power in Muslim sectarian discourse.
DOI 10.1163/156852711X562290
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Paul
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Islam
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