It appears that professional and amateur littérateurs—who were seemingly honest and intelligent—fabricated narratives in mujālasāt that they recounted as being truthful and historical. Drawing on previous scholarship on Arabic, European, and Persian historiography and literature, I argue that littérateurs employed a set of principles for speaking in assembly that need not be reconciled with our own modern principles.
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