The History of Al-Tabari: Incipient Decline: The Caliphates of Al-Wathig, Al-Mutawakkil and Al-Muntasir, A.D. 841-863-A.H. 227-248

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In this volume, covering the years AD 636-642 A.H. 15-21 and the middle of Umar's caliphate, al-Tabari relies almost exclusively on the controversial historian Sayb b. Umar d. circa A.D. 800. Includes a discussion of the poetry in the volume, and a 1905 diagram of the city of Tustar modern Schushtar, the siege and fall of which is narrated herein. Paper edition unseen, $14.95. Covering in this volume the years AD 841-863, al-Tabari relates events that happened in his own lifetime, drawing on eyewitness accounts, and preserving contemporary documents. The heyday of the Abbasid dynasty was over, and the successors of Harun al-Rashid gradually retreated before the encroaching power of the mamlucks--the Turkish generals and bureaucrats who would soon rule from behind their puppet caliphs. Paper edition unseen, $16.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Table of Contents


Translator's Foreword



1. Genealogy of 'Abbasid Caliphs (A.D. Ninth Century)

2. Genealogy of the Khaqanids

3. Genealogy of the Tahirids


1. Armenia, Adharbayjan, Arran

2. Samarra

The Caliphate of Harun al-Wathiq Abu Ja'far

The Events of the Year 227 (841/842) (cont'd)

The Events of the Year 228 (842/843)

The Events of the Year 229 (843/844)

The Reason for al-Wathiq's Action against the Secretaries This Year

The Events of the Year 230 (844/845)

An Account of the Dispatch of Bugha al-Kabir to the Tribesmen

The Events of the Year 231 (845/846)

The Reason for the Liquidation of the Banu Sulaym and Its Consequences

The Reason for the Rebellion of the Baghdad Group and the Consequence of Their Action and That of Ahmad b. Nasr

The Reason for the Prisoner Exchange and How It Took Place

The Events of the Year 232 (846/847)

The Reason for Bugha the Elder's March against the Banu Numayr and What Took Place between Them

An Account of the Illness from Which al-Wathiq Died

A Portrayal of al-Wathiq, His Years, and the Extent of His Caliphate

Some Reports about al-Wathiq

The Caliphate of Jàfar al-Mutawakkil 'ala-llah

The Events of the Year 232 (846/847) (cont'd)

The Occasion of Ja'far's Becoming Caliph and the Period of His Caliphate

The Events of the Year 233 (847/848)

The Reason for al-Mutawakkil's Anger at Muhammad and Its Consequences

The Events of the Year 234 (848/849)

The Reason for Muhammad b. al-Ba'ith's Escape and the Consequences of His Affair

The Reason for Itakh's Pilgrimage This Year

The Events of the Year 235 (849/850)

How Itakh Was Killed

The Events of the Year 236 (850/851)

The Killing of Muhammad b. Ibrahim b. Mu&sgrave;ab and How It Took Place

The Events of the Year 237 (851/852)

The Cause of the Revolt by the Inhabitants of Armenia against Yusuf b. Muhammad

What Was Done with Ahmad b. Nasr and the Result of This

The Events of the Year 238 (852/853)

Bugha's Role in the Defeat of Ishaq b. Ismàil

The Events of the Year 239 (853/854)

The Events of the Year 240 (854/855)

The Cause for the Revolt of the Inhabitants of Hims. and Its Result

The Events of the Year 241 (855/856)

The Role of the Inhabitants of Hims. in the Revolt against Muhammad b. 'Abdawayh and Its Consequence for Them

The Reason for Flogging 'Isa b. Jàfar b. 'Asim and the Caliph's Role in This

The Reason for the Prisoner Exchange

The Affair of the Bujah and Its Consequences

The Events of the Year 242 (856/857)

The Events of the Year 243 (857/858)

The Events of the Year 244 (858/859)

The Events of the Year 245 (859/860)

The Cause of Najah b. Salamah's Demise

The Events of the Year 246 (860/865)

The Events of the Year 247 (865/862)

The Reason for al-Mutawakkil's Murder and How It Took Place

Some Things about al-Mutawakkil and His Way of Life

The Caliphate of al-Muntasir Muhammad b. Jàfar

The Events of the Year 247 (865/862) (cont'd)

The Events of the Year 248 (862/863)

The Reason for Dispatching Wasif to Byzantium and His Role

The Abdication of al-Mùtazz and al-Mu'ayyad

The Illness That Caused al-Muntasir's Death, the Time When He Died, and How Long He Lived

Something of al-Muntasir's Conduct

Bibliography of Cited Works


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