The Date of the Story of the Tawwābūn
2017 (English)In: Studia Islamica, ISSN 0585-5292, E-ISSN 1958-5705, Vol. 112Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
The movement of the Tawwābūn (“Penitents”) emerged after the killing of Ḥusayn b. ʿAlī at Karbalāʾ in 61/680. Although several scholars have held that the story of the Tawwābūn is indeed old, it has been little studied. In this article an analysis is made of a central section of the story: the account about the Tawwābūn’s visit at Ḥusayn’s grave. The three versions of this account is analysed by means of tradition- and content critical methods. It is concluded that behind the three versions lie two earlier reports that date back at least to the end of the 1st century AH/the beginning of the 8th century CE. This story is, hence, of importance for the study of the early development of Shīʿite ideas and rituals.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2017. Vol. 112
Islam, Shi'ism, Karbala, Husayn, Redaction criticism
History of Religions
Research subject Intercultural Studies, Hämnd eller martyrium! Berättelsen om Botgörarna som en länk till Shi`ismens tidiga utveckling.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:du-21782OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-21782DiVA: diva2:939818
ProjectsHämnd eller martyrium! Berättelsen om Botgörarna som en länk till Shi`ismens tidiga utveckling.
FunderSwedish Research Council, 421-2011-1806