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The History of Al-Tabari Volume 2

This volume records the lives and efforts of some of the prophets preceding the birth of Mohammad. It devotes most of its message to two towering figures–Abraham, the Friend of God, and his great-grandson, Joseph. The story is not, however simply a repetition of Biblical tales in a slightly altered form, for Tabari sees the […]

  • Abu Ja`far Muhammad b. Jarir al-Tabari
  • Ehsan Yarshater
  • 40
The History of Al-Tabari Volume 2
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The History of Al-Tabari Volume 2
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    This volume records the lives and efforts of some of the prophets preceding the birth of Mohammad. It devotes most of its message to two towering figures--Abraham, the Friend of God, and his great-grandson, Joseph. The story is not, however simply a repetition of Biblical tales in a slightly altered form, for Tabari sees the ancient pre-Islamic Near East as an area in which the histories of three different peoples are acted out, occasionally meeting and intertwining. Thus ancient Iran, Israel, and Arabia serve as the stages on which actors such as Biwarasb, the semi-legendary Iranian king, Noah and his progeny, and the otherwise unknown Arabian prophets Hud and Salih appear and act.

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    • Abu Ja`far Muhammad b. Jarir al-Tabari
    • Ehsan Yarshater
    • 40
    • 0-88706-313-6
    • State University of New York Press, Albany
    • 1987
    • New York
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