Sayf Ibn ’Umar in Medieval and Modern Scholarship

  title={Sayf Ibn ’Umar in Medieval and Modern Scholarship},
  author={Ella Landau-Tasseron},
In recent years attention has been drawn to the notorious historian Sayf b. TJmar (d. 180/796). His work has been reevaluated both in itself and in the larger context of a new approach to early historiography. This paper is an attempt to add some aspects to the discussion of Sayf s work. Since Wellhausen published his devastating critique of Sayf in 1899 the latter's name became a symbol of unreliability, an "anathema" as Dennett put it, to most students of Islam.) Only rarely was a tradition… 
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