In the case of al-Hasan, contradictory accounts on almost every aspect of his person and his beliefs abound. [...] where a motivation of an author to invent something can be postulated, then the historical "fact" can be discounted even if it must be admitted that there must be a measure of "truth" to the suspicious account.
Reviews of Books 771 Some potentially interesting debate
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