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Ahad Shafqat
How difficult is it for you to do your research when a few times there are multiple versions of one incident? For example..
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Ahad Shafqat Feb 11
the incident of Umar coming to Ali/Fatima's house to make Ali pledge allegiance to Abu Bakr's caliphate. Some sources...
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Ahad Shafqat Feb 11
(Mostly Shia) say Umar broke the door down and caused Fatima's miscarriage. Some sources (Sunni) say the incident...
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Ahad Shafqat Feb 12
never happened! How do you get to the get that right? I've found that to be troubling when reading Islamic history.
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Ian D. Morris Feb 13
Yeah, contradictions are endemic. It may be useful to ask what are the underlying, unspoken assumptions in a report. From my notes:
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Ian D. Morris Feb 13
But even that is no guarantee, because seemingly innocuous facts can be shown to be inventions that later went mainstream.
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Ian D. Morris Feb 13
I don’t think we can actually “get it right”: we learn more from critiquing and problematising than hyperselective storytelling.
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