The Companions of the Prophet: A Study of Geographical by Fuad Jabali

By Fuad Jabali

This paintings bargains with the payment of the partners outdoors Medina, and their involvement within the conflict of Siffin, the conflict that tore the early Muslim group aside. It covers the partners who settled in Iraq, Syria and Egypt, and those that have been eager about the conflict.

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Ibn Khaldùn reports that al-Mas'ùdì claimed that the army of the Israelites under Moses numbered more than 600,000 troops. This, Ibn Khaldùn asserts, is unacceptable. 131 To emphasize his point more strongly, Ibn Khaldùn points to the Persian Empire which was much greater than the realm of the Israelites. 132 In other words, how could it be that the Israelites, whose nation was much smaller than the Persians’, should have had an army five to ten times the size of that boasted by a much greater power?

162 Al-Aghlab b. 163 4. There is also the problem of written transmission. Leaving aside entirely the problems raised by oral transmission, the difficulties inherent in the manuscript tradition were considerable. In addition to the time involved and the expense, there was the factor of errors in copying. Exhaustion or inattention often led to words being incorrectly written or left out. Ibn Óajar said that 'Abd Allàh b. 164 Al-Óasan b. Màlik was said in some accounts to have died in 74 (arba'a wa-sab'ìn)/693, which Ibn Óajar corrects to read 94 (arba'a wa-tis' ìn)/712.

Sometimes he is called Jàbir b. Abì ˇàriq and sometimes Jàbir b. 141 Other examples include Jundab b. 'Abd Allàh b. Sufyàn142 and 'Urwa b. 'Iyà∂ b. 143 There is always a risk of counting such persons as two different individuals. 2. The nisba is highly useful to researchers. From the nisba one can determine, for instance, the occupation of a given individual in 139 140 141 142 143 Ibn Óajar, al-Ißàba, 3:10. , 1:250. , 1:213. , 1:250; Ibn Sa'd, al-ˇabaqàt [B], 8:609. Ibn Óajar, al-Ißàba, 2:468. 144 For our purpose the nisba can reveal the tribal alignment of certain Companions and the pattern of their settlement in some places.

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