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History of Al-Tabari Vol 29: Al-Mansur and Al-Mahdi, English Tra
[079140143X Hugh Kennedy, PB, 298pp, Suny Press, Imam Abu Ja'far Muhammad b Jarir al-Tabari Tarikh]

History of Al-Tabari Vol 29: Al-Mansur and Al-Mahdi, English Tra

The History of al-Tabari Volume XXIX (29)
Al-Mansur and Al-Mahdi

Tarikh al-Rusul wa'l muluk
By Abu Ja'far Muhammad b Jarir al-Tabari
Translated By Hugh Kennedy
Paperback 280 Pages
ISBN-10: 079140143X ISBN-13: 978-0791401439
Published By Suny Press (The State University of New York Press)

A volume in the SUNY series in Near Eastern Studies
ISBN 0-88706-313-6


Complete 40  Volume (Including Index) Paperback also available 

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 which al-Tabari's text contains details not previously published in English, and his efforts to have his nephew 'Isa b. Musa replaced as heir apparent by his own son Muhammad al-Mahdi, a maneuver that required all his political skills.

The circumstances of al-Mansur's death in 158/775 are described in vivid detail, and this section is followed by a series of anecdotes, some serious, some humorous, most vivid and lively, that illustrate his character and habits.

The last section of the volume describes the reign of al-Mahdi, more pious than his father but also more liberal and open-handed. Along with routine administration, space is devoted to the bizarre intrigues that accompanied the rise and fall of the vizier Ya'qub b. Dawud and the mysterious circumstances of the caliph's own death in 169/785, followed by a short collection of character stories. In addition, the volume also contains important information about warfare on the Byzantine frontier and in Khurasan.

This is proto-history told in fascinating detail, of us in different contexts, as well as of others completely unknown to Western readers.

Table of Contents

Preface

Abbreviations

Translator's Foreword

The Caliphate of al-Mansur

The Events of the Year 146 (763/764)

The Events of the Year 147 (764/765)

The Events of the Year 148 (765/766)

The Events of the Year 149 (766/767)

The Events of the Year 150 (767/768)

The Events of the Year 151 (768/769)

The Events of the Year 152 (769/770)

The Events of the Year 153 (770)

The Events of the Year 154 (770/771)

The Events of the Year 155 (771/772)

The Events of the Year 156 (772/773)

The Events of the Year 157 (773/774)

The Events of the Year 158 (774/775)

Some Stories about al-Mansur and His Conduct

Information about His Wills

The Caliphate of al-Mahdi

The Events of the Year 158 (cont'd) (774/775)

The Events of the Year 159 (775/776)

The Events of the Year 160 (776/777)

The Events of the Year 161 (777/778)

The Events of the Year 162 (778/779)

The Events of the Year 163 (779/780)

The Events of the Year 164 (780/781)

The Events of the Year 165 (781/782)

The Events of the Year 166 (782/783)

The Events of the Year 167 (783/784)

The Events of the Year 168 (784/785)

The Events of the Year 169 (785/786)

Some of the Doings of al-Mahdi and Stories about Him

Bibliography of Cited Works

Index

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About Imam At-Tabari

In the ninth century A.C, Islamic learning was at its peak. Muslim scholars and scientists excelled in their learning and achievements in different fields. Abu Jafar Muhammad ibn Jarir at-Tabari surpassed them all. Learned in hadith literature, he also studied many other subjects to further his knowledge of the Holy Qur'an and the religion of Islam. During the end of his days, he was known as a commentator on the Holy Qur'an, an expert in Islamic Jurisprudence (Fiqh), and as a famous historian. He was also the author of many books; the most famous of them was his Tafseer of the Holy Qur'an and the other was his encyclopaedia on Islamic history.
At-Tabari was born in the city of Amul, in Tabaristan, a mountainous region lying south of the Caspian Sea in the year 839 A.C. Amul had been built on the banks of a river, and the nearest port was a place called Humm, which was at the mouth of the river.
Imam  at-Tabari died at the age of 85 in the year 923 A.C.
   Read Full Article on Brief Biography of Imam At-Tabari
 


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