Imāmiya and Sira Composition During the Second and Fourth Centuries AH. /10th AD

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Assistant Professor of Tehran University of Arts

2 History and civilization of the Muslims dept.Faculty of Theology and Religious Studeis.Shahid Beheshti University



The Sira composition which emerged amongst Muslims from mid-second century onwards was not limited to a particular sect but was rather practiced by various Islamic factions including Imāmiya. Sources have pointed to an impressive number of Sira titles, composed by the Imāmiya scholars. These titles have been written in different categories including: Al-Maghāzi, Fazāel, Dalaelgraphy and Wufūd (delegations) Narrations, and other formats. Analysis of the remaining texts from these categories, points to the emergence of a model among Imāmiya authors that had been different from the common tradition of the Sunnis in terms of context and method. Accordingly, the present research applies a descriptive approach to introduce the famous Imāmiya Sira authors, followed by a content analysis of their remaining works to explain and clarify the fact that within the suggested time frame, Sira writing had been a common tradition among Imāmiya which has sustained through different forms and models.


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