Al-Ma’mun, the Inquisition and the Quest for Caliphal Authority
by John Abdallah Nawas
Editor: Lockwood Press
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“The “inquisition” (Mihnah), triggered by the seventh Abbasid Caliph, “Abdallah al-Ma’mûn (r813-833), has long attracted the attention of modern intellectual, political and religious scholars of early Abbasid historyHistorians have seen it as the key to a wide range of puzzles and problems at the beginning of Islamic history.In this incisive study, Jean-Nawas proposed various topics explaining these events, sobriety and researching the analysis and, in the process, presents a new interpretation of al-Ma’mûn’s political and religious, political, contextualized in relation to the background of the early Abbasids, intellectual and social historyAdded volume is a reprint of Walter M’s editionPatton, Ahmed ibn Hanbal and the Mihna (Leiden 1897), which still has many things that are useful for modern scholarship, including an enormous additional benefit; it contains most relevant passages in Arabic from primary sources
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