Ibn Hisham's version does not have it. I found it in Tabari in the chap=
ter "Year 6" which was unexpected.
Can anyone scan me the Arabic original of Tabari's account of the e=
mbassy of Muhammad to Heraclius? Or give me a published edition with volume=
and page numebr?
So far as I can tell al-Tabari's account of Muhammad's embassy to Her=
aclius is all from Ibn Ishaq. I can't help you with al-Tabari but you shoul=
d be able to
find Ibn Ishaq in Arabic without any trouble. You can probably find w=
hat you want yourself but if you want I'll determine the pages for you in m=
y copy of Ibn Ishaq.
I missed the little footnote on page 653 of my copy of Guillaume's transl=
ation and failed to look at the margin. My bad.
Ibn Ishaq's chronology unravels after the Conquest so I can't say what ye=
placed the event in. In fact it is, in Guillaume, the letters are the las=
t thing we are told about Rasul Allah before his death is described.
There are, of course, versions of what I think you are talking about - Ab=
u Sufyan's interview with Heraclios - in al-Bukhari and Muslim and probably
I just noticed that there is a version in a book I just acquired. This is a=
translation and Arabic text of Ma'mar bn Rashid "The Expeditions". This is=
as early as Ibn Ishaq. I haven't cross-compared all these different versio=
ns but nearly as I remember they sare all the same. Ma'mar doesn't do chron=
ology but he puts Heraclios right after Hudaybiyah but I fear that is becau=
se both involve writing.