Who is the Accused? The Interrogation of Ahmad Ibn Hanbal

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The mihna (218-234 H.) was a defining event of Islamic spiritual authority. Its importance was evident to contemporaries, the inquisitors and their victims, and each side recorded the events. This study compares these accounts. It concentrates on three components that appear in both narratives: how each side told the story to the wide public; how they perceived the torture of Ibn Hanbal; how they described and understood the dialogue between Ibn Hanbal and his inquisitors. Interestingly, the depictions of these events bear a strong resemblance. The aim of this study is to trace how shared factual descriptions end up promoting opposing ideologies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-373
Number of pages15
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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