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|Title: ||A critical edition of `Akhbar Siffin'|
|Authors: ||Helabi, Abdul-Aziz Saleh|
|Issue Date: ||1974|
|Abstract: ||When I decided to produce an edition of Akhbar Siffin I discovered
four manuscripts dealing with the historical accounts of the Battle of
Siffin. The examination of these four manuscripts showed that they are
not the same work; two of them are different copies of Akhbar Siffin. They
are Ambrosiana H 129 and Borlin Q. U. 2040. The other two are different
copies of the work of Abu Muhammad, Ahmad b. A`tham al-Kufi entitled
Waq`at Siffin. They are Ankara, 'Saib 5418 and Mingana Collection,
Islam, Arab 572.
The next action was to compare the material of Akhbar Siffin with
the material of Ibn A`tham's Waq`at Siffin. I concluded that Akhbar
Siffin had more original material than Ibn A`tham's Waq`at Siffin and
accordingly I decided to edit it.
A study of the Ambrosiana Manuscript and the Berlin Manuscript of
Akhbar Siffin indicated that the edition would best be based upon the
Ambrosiana Manuscript because it has the fuller text and fewer mistakes
and gaps than the Berlin Manuscript.
The name of the author of Akhbar Siffin does not appear in either
of the two manuscripts, and there is no assistance from any other source
which may help in identifying him.
The introduction of this edition consists of two parts; a bibliographical
survey of the, works on the Battle of Siffin and analytical description
of the material and the manusoripts of Akhbar Siffin.|
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