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  •  The History of Al-Tabari Volume 39
    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 39
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    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 39

    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 39Rate this post In the introduction to his History, al-T’abari declared his intention to append to it a biographical work for the reader’s convenience. Only a collection of excerpts has survived, however. It was first published as part of the Leiden edition of the History and is now presented as […]

  •  The History of Al-Tabari Volume 38
    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 38
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    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 38

    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 38Rate this post The concluding pages of al-Tabari’s History cover the caliphates of al-Mu’tadid and al-Muktafi and the beginning of the reign of al-Muqtadir–altogether a period of 23 turbulent years in world history. Although al-Tabari has woven skillful narratives and quoted important documents verbatim, much of the information consists of […]

  •  The History of Al-Tabari Volume 37
    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 37
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    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 37

    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 37Rate this post This volume of Tabari’s annals deals almost exclusively with the final stages of the Zanj revolt, the most serious external challenge faced by the central authorities in the last half of the third/ninth century. The rebellion, which began as an ‘Alid uprising, but soon gave way to […]

  •  The History of Al-Tabari Volume 36
    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 36
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    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 36

    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 36Rate this post The present volume of al-Tabari’s monumental history covers the years 255-265/869-878, the first half of the reign of the Abbasid caliph al-Mu’tamid in Samarra. Although the decade was one of relative calm in the capital, compared with the anarchy of the years immediately preceding, danger signals were […]

  •  The History of Al-Tabari Volume 35
    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 35
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    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 35

    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 35Rate this post The period covered in this volume is one of the most tumultuous periods of Islamic history. In it, al-Tabari details with great success the intricate events that shaped real political power in Samarra and Baghdad during the middle of the ninth century, laying bare the dynamics through […]

  •  The History of Al-Tabari Volume 34
    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 34
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    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 34

    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 34Rate this post The events described in this volume took place during al-Tabari’s own time. Al-Tabari was thus writing “contemporary history,” and his narrative, often based on first-hand reports, is drawn in vivid and arresting detail. The volume portrays the summit of “the Samarra period,” following al-Mu’tasim’s transfer of the […]

  •  The History of Al-Tabari Volume 33
    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 33
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    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 33

    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 33Rate this post This section of al-Tabari’s History covers the eight-year reign of al-Mu’tasim (833-42), immediately following the reign of his elder brother al-Ma’mun, when the Islamic caliphate was once more united after the civil strife and violence of the second decade of the ninth century A.D. Al-Mu’tasim’s reign is […]

  •  The History of Al-Tabari Volume 32
    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 32
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    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 32

    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 32Rate this post The 20 years’ caliphate of al-Ma’mum began as a stormy period in Middle Eastern history; after the comparatively peaceful reign of his father Harun al-Rashid, the caliphate was plunged into violent civil warfare in both Iraq and Arabia, involving the sons of al-Rashid, rivals for the supreme […]

  •  The History of Al-Tabari Volume 31
    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 31
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    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 31

    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 31Rate this post This section of the History of al-Tabari covers the caliphate of Muhammad al-Amin, who succeeded his father, Harun al-Rashid on March 24, 809, and was killed on September 25, 813. The focus of this section is a single event, the civil war between al-Amin and his half-brother […]

  •  The History of Al-Tabari Volume 30
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    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 30

    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 30Rate this post This volume of al-Tabari’s History covers nearly a quarter of a century, and after covering the very brief caliphate of al-Hadi, concentrates on that of Harun al-Rashid.

  •  The History of Al-Tabari Volume 29
    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 29
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    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 29

    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 29Rate this post This volume opens when the caliph al-Mansur has just defeated the rebellion of Muhammad the Pure Soul in 145/762-3 and is now securely established in power. The main concerns of the remaining thirteen years of his reign are the building of his new capital at Baghdad, on […]

  •  The History of Al-Tabari Volume 28
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    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 28

    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 28Rate this post The initial years (126-145) of al-Mansur’s reign presented several significant challenges to nascent Abbasid hegemony, and the resulting confrontations constitute the central focus of this section of Tabari’s Tarikh. After Abu Jafar succeeded his brother Abu al-Abbas as caliph, the second of the Abbasid dynasty, he moved […]

  •  The History of Al-Tabari Volume 27
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    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 27

    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 27Rate this post By 735 an Arab empire stretched from Aries and Avignon in southern France to the Indus River and Central Asia, and a vital young civilization fostered by a new world religion was taking root. Yet the Muslim conquerors were divided by tribal quarrels, tensions among new converts, […]

  •  The History of Al-Tabari Volume 26
    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 26
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    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 26

    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 26Rate this post The years 738-745/121-127, which this volume covers, saw the outbreak in Syria of savage internecine struggles between prominent members of the Umayyad family, which had ruled the Islamic world since 661/41. After the death of the caliph Hisham in 743/ 125, the process of decay at the […]

  •  The History of Al-Tabari Volume 25
    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 25
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    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 25

    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 25Rate this post This volume deals with the part of Tabari’s great History covering the first fifteen years of the caliphate of the Umayyad Hisham b. ‘Abd al-Malik, which represents almost the last period of universal political unity in Islamic history. Tabari’s work is generally recognized as among the most […]

  •  The History of Al-Tabari Volume 24
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    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 24

    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 24Rate this post In this volume, which covers the caliphates of Sulayman, ‘Umar II, and Yazid II, al-Tabari provides vivid and detailed accounts of the events spanning the period from 97-105/715-724. We listen to the stirring speeches of Qutaybah b. Muslim, in which he urges his followers to renounce their […]

  •  The History of Al-Tabari Volume 23
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    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 23

    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 23Rate this post This volume covers the years 700-715 A.D., a period that witnessed the last five years of the caliphate of the Umayyad `Abd al-Malik b. Marwan and the whole of the caliphate of his son al-Walid . In retrospect , this period can be seen to have marked […]

  •  The History of Al-Tabari Volume 22
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    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 22

    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 22Rate this post This volume chronicles the history of the Islamic state in the years A. H. 74-81 (A. D. 693-701), after the final defeat of Ibn al-Zubayr in Mecca put an end to twelve years of civil war and reunited the empire under the rule of the Marwanid caliph […]

  •  The History of Al-Tabari Volume 21
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    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 21

    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 21Rate this post Volume XXI of the History of al-Tabari spans a period extending from the year 66 (685/686) to the year 73 (692./693), corresponding to series II, pages 642-854 of the Leiden edition. The events chronicled in the volume cover the resolution of what historians have come to call […]

  •  The History of Al-Tabari Volume 20
    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 20
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    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 20

    The History of Al-Tabari Volume 20Rate this post This volume covers the vital early years of the second Muslim civil war, when the Umayyad caliphate seemed on the point of extinction. That it survived had much to do with the vigor of the Umayyad Marwan b. al-Hakam whose initial restoration of Umayyad authority is described […]

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