Zoroastrians in Early Islamic History: Accommodation and Memory (Hardcover)

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The second Muslim caliph, Umar ibn al-Khattab, once reportedly exclaimed, 'I do not know how to treat Zoroastrians ' He and other Muslims encountered Zoroastrians during the conquest of Arabia but struggled to formulate a consistent policy toward the adherents of a religion that was neither biblical nor polytheistic. Some Muslims saw Zoroastrians as pagans and sought to limit interaction with them. Others found ways to incorporate them within the empire of Islamic law. Andrew D. Magnusson describes the struggle between advocates of inclusion and exclusion, the ultimate accommodation of Zoroastrians, and the reasons that Muslim historians have subsequently buried the memory of this relationship.

About the Author

Andrew D. Magnusson is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781474489522
ISBN-10: 1474489524
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: November 29th, 2022
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: Edinburgh Studies in Classical Islamic History and Culture
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