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Salaam Alaykum Our knowledge of islam and history are based on our authentic ahadees and (islamic historians based) history, how do we know these sources are more reliable than academic history which is (as claimed) based on all aspects (including archaeology, all of history not just islamic) etc. Change of source for history would result in major changes in believes, for eg some academic historians favour the ismaili belief, some say that aimmah as gained knowledge from greek philosophers, etc (and they base this stuff on research)

A:

Wa alaykum salam.
We have a few historical hadith, however history is  a separate subject studied among Shia scholars and these scholars employ many academic methods such as use of archaeology, analytic history etc.

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