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Zellentin article is not clear.
Of course he somehow prises the text, but I still feel some discomfort.
In the beginning he refers to a book as not referring explicitly to the Islamic historiography, but in the end it ends up to confirm the Islamic chronology somehow.
GHAFFAR book is exactly what Zellentin says. Fortunately (!) he ends with the traditional narrative. It does not surprise me as GHAFFAR is Muslim, he is then stuck with the traditional narrative which is a mandatory dogma.
Anyway, Altara, if you had a chance to read it, what parts are more fruitful to read? Just for my non-trained prospective so I know where may I raise my attention.
You could check the book following the chapters indicated by Zellentin. It is what I did. Interesting things, but not so useful as it is surrounded by the frame Mecca/kaba which emerge regularly.