Abraha and Muhammad: some observations apropos of chronology and literary topoi in the early Arabic historical tradition

  title={Abraha and Muhammad: some observations apropos of chronology and literary topoi in the early Arabic historical tradition},
  author={Lawrence I. Conrad},
  journal={Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies},
  pages={225 - 240}
  • L. Conrad
  • Published 1 June 1987
  • History
  • Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies
In has long been known that the chronological scheme commonly transmitted by the early Arabic sources for events of the latter half of the sixth century A.D. poses a number of major problems. These are sufficiently important to raise serious doubts about the reliability of the traditional chronological framework for the last years of the Jāhilīya in general. A key problem is that of the date for 'Ām al-fīl, the ‘Year of the Elephant’, so called after the expedition of Abraha into the Hijāz in… 
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