The History of Al-Tabari: The Waning of the Umayyad Caliphate: Prelude to Revolution, A.D. 738-745 / A.H. 121-127

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Translator's Foreword


Table I. Genealogy of the Later Umayyads

Table II. Genealogy of the Prophet's Family (The Shìah and the 'Abbasids)


Map I. Khurasan

Map II. Transoxiana

Map III. Syria in the Umayyad Period

Map IV. Al-Kufah and Its Environs

The Caliphate of Hisham

The Events of the Year 121 (738/739)

The Reason for [Zayd b. 'Ali's] Death, an Account of His Circumstances, and the Cause of His Rebellion

The Raids of Nasr b. Sayyar

The Events of the Year 122 (739/740)

The Killing of Zayd b. 'Ali

The Events of the Year 123 (740/741)

The [Treaty with the Soghdians] and the Reason for It

The Reason for Yusuf's Request and the Outcome of It

An Account of [the Denunciation of Nasr] and of the Part Played in It by Hisham and Yusuf b. 'Umar

The Events of the Year 124 (741/742)

The Reason Why Bukayr b. Mahan Bought Abu Muslim

The Events of the Year 125 (742/743)

The Malady That Caused Hisham's Death

Some Biographical Details about Hisham

The Caliphate of al-Walid b. Yazid b. 'Abd al-Malik b. Marwan

The Events of the Year 125 (cont'd) (742/743)

Some of the Reasons Why al-Walid Acceded to the Caliphate

What Transpired between Yusuf and Nasr in the Matter [of Tribute]

The Killing of Yahya b. Zayd b. 'Ali

The Events of the Year 126 (743/744)

The Reason for Yazid's Killing of al-Walid and the Manner of His Killing

Part of the Account of al-Walid's Causing Disaffection among the Sons of His Two Uncles, Hisham and al-Walid

The Killing of Khalid al-Qasri and the Reason for It

The Caliphate of Yazid b. al-Walid

The Events of the Year 126 (cont'd) (743/744)

The Discords That Occurred

The Uprising in Hims

The Rebellion of the People of Palestine and Jordan and the Treatment They Received from Yazid b. al-Walid

The Dismissal of Yusuf b. 'Umar and the Appointment of Mansur b. Jumhur (as Governor of Iraq)

The Text of Marwan's Letter to al-Ghamr

The Dismissal of Mansur b. Jumhur from the Post of Governor of Iraq

The Discord between Nasr and al-Kirmani and What Had Caused It

The Reason for Granting Safe-Conduct to al-Harith b. Surayj

The Account of [Marwan's Rebellion] and of the Reason That Prompted Marwan to Oppose (Yazid) and Then to Give Allegiance to Yazid

The Caliphate of Abu Ishaq Ibrahim b. al-Walid and the Rise of Marwan II

The Events of the Year 126 (cont'd) (743/744)

The Events of the Year 127 (744/745)

The Account of Marwan's Journey and What Caused the Battle [at 'Ayn al-Jarr]

The Account of the Cause of the Uprising of 'Abdallah (b. Mùawiyah) and of His Summoning the People to Himself

The Account of the Affair of al-Harith and Nasr after al-Harith Came to See Him

Appendix I. Problems of Translation

Appendix II. Al-Walid's Letter Appointing His Two Sons, al-Hakam and 'Uthman, as His Successors

Bibliography of Cited Works


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