Arabic Hagiography

Authored by: Mark N. Swanson

The Ashgate Research Companion to Byzantine Hagiography

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9780754650331
eBook ISBN: 9781315612799
Adobe ISBN: 9781317043966


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Middle Eastern Christians have been producing hagiographical texts in the Arabic language since the second half of the eighth century, 1 1

All dates shall be given in the Common Era unless otherwise marked.

and continue to do so in our own days. This statement already points to the necessary limitations of the present chapter. In the first place, it will deal with Arabic Christian literature (even though, of course, the Islamic tradition has its own hagiographical tradition in Arabic, as well as in other Islamicate languages). In the second place, the focus here must be on the older hagiographical literature (eighth–fifteenth centuries), although at appropriate points the continuing liveliness of the Arabic-language hagiographical enterprise will be noted. Even within these limits, it will not be possible to offer a complete bibliographical survey; that would require an entire book.

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