Naming Shuʿūbīs

Sarah Savant


In what follows, I argue that scholars have greatly overestimated the extent and importance of the Shuʿūbī movement and that overstating the Shuʿūbiyya crowds out more searching investigations of the situation of non-Arabs in early Islam. Furthermore, it plays into the hands of modern nationalist polemics, in which Shuʿūbiyya has been a term of approbation