L'accès à l'information et les méthodes de travail d'un lettré bagdadien du Ve/XIe siècle

Abstract : This article focuses on information sources and work methods of Arab medieval historians, through examining the original example of a Hanbali Baghdadian scholar, Ibn al-Bannā' (d. 471 h./1079 CE). This author left some personal notes probably meant to be later used for historiographical writing. In most case, Ibn al-Bannā' had been the witness of the actor of the events he reports; in others, travelers (merchants and scholars) were the source of information. They were using oral as much as written transmission, the written documents being mainly merchant letters brought by caravans. Then the news were collected and afterwards spread in Baghdad by some riche Hanbali merchants and patrons. Public rumor was also spreading important political or military news. Information collected by Ibn al-Bannā' was mainly local, concerning Baghdad, Iraq, or rarely the neighboring areas (Syria, Palestine, Ġazīra, Iran, Arabia) but never other parts of the world. Finally, the author's sociability networks appear as essential in collecting information.
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Vanessa Van Renterghem. L'accès à l'information et les méthodes de travail d'un lettré bagdadien du Ve/XIe siècle. Studia Islamica, JSTOR, 2007, p. 133-149. ⟨halshs-00587842⟩

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