The History of Al-Tabari :The Crisis of the Early Caliphate

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The first English translation, in 38 volumes, of the important history of Islam written in the 9th century AD. This volume covers A.D. 644-656 and the reign of Uthman, a decade after the death of Muhammed, when the gigantic-infant Islamic empire first encountered the fundamental internal tensions and contradictions still unresolved today: the relations between believer and infidel, between the individual and the state, between God and the community of his people. Well annotated. Paper edition (unseen), $17.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791401552
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1989
  • Series: SUNY series in Near Eastern Studies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents



Translator's Foreword

Transliteration and Editorial Conventions

Table I. 'Uthman's Lineage

The Events of the Year 24 (644/645)
The Sermon of 'Uthman and the Salying of al-Hurmuzan by 'Ubaydallah b. Umar
The Governorship of Sa'd b. Abi Waqqas in Kufah
The Letters of 'Uthman to His Official and Governors and to the Common People
The Campaign of [al-Walid b. 'Uqbah in Adharbayjan and Armenia]
The Gathering of Byzantine Forces against the Muslims and the Muslims' Call for Aid from the Kufans
The Account of That Event

The Events of the Year 25 (645/646)

The Events of the Year 26 (646/647)
The Reason Why 'Uthman Removed Sa'd from Kufah and Named al-Walid His Governor There

The Events of the Year 27 (647/648)
The Conquest [of Ifriqiyah] and the Reason for the APpointment of 'Abdallah b. Sa'd b. Abi Sarh as Governor of Egypt and 'Uthman's Removal of 'Amr b. al-'As from [That Province]

The Events of the Year 28 (648/649)
Mu'awiyah's Attack on Cyprus

The Events of the Year 29 (649/650)
The Reason for'Uthman's Removal of Abu Musa {al-Ash'ari] from Basrah
['Uthman's Alterations to the Pilgrimage Rites]

The Events of the Year 30 (650/651)
The Campaign of Sa'id b. al-As in Tabaristan
The Reason for 'Uthman's Removal of al-Walid and His Appointment of Sa'id as Governor [in Kufah]
How the Signet Ring Fell from'Uthman's Hand into the Well of Aris
The Reports Concerning Abu Dharr [al-Ghifari]
[The Flight of Yazdagird from Fars to Khurasan]

The Events of the Year 31 (651/652)
The Account of the Battles [of the Masts and against the Blacks]
The Reason Why (Syria) Was Unified under [Mu'awiyah]
Return to al-Waqidi's Account of the Two Battles Mentioned Above
The Cause of [Yazdagird's] Murder
['Abdullah b. 'Amir's Campaign in Khurasan]

The Events of the Year32 (652/653)
[The Disaster at Balanjar]
The Account of the Death of [Abu Dharr al-Ghifari]
['Abdallah b. Amir's Conquests in Northeastern Iran]
[The Peace between al-Ahnaf and the People of Balkh]

The Events of the Year 33 (653/654)
The Exile of the Kufans Whom ['Uthman] Sent [to Syria]
'Uthman's Exile of Certain Basrans to Syria

The Events of the Year 34 (654/655)
The Character of the Meeting [to Confront 'Uthman] and [the Day of] al-Jara'ah

The Events of the Year 35 (655/656)
An Account of the Egyptians Who Went to Dhu Khushub, and the Reason Why Certain Iraqis Went to Dhu al-Marwah
The Account of the Murder [of 'Uthman]
The Conduct of 'Uthman b. 'Affan - May God Be Pleased with Him
The Reason Why 'Uthman Ordered 'Abdallah b. 'Abbas to Lead the Pilgrimage in This Year
'Uthman's Burial Place, and Those Who Led the Prayer for Him and Took Charge of His Funeral Rites
The Date of 'Uthman's Murder
'Uthman's Life Span
'Uthman's Personal Appearance
The Date of His Conversion to Islam and of His Seeking Refuge
The Kunyah of 'Uthman b. 'Affan
'Uthman's Lineage
His Children and Wives
The Names of 'Uthman's Provincial Governors during This Year
Citations from 'Uthman's Sermons
Those Who Led the People in Prayer in the Mosque of the Messenger of God while 'Uthman Was under Siege
The Threnodies Composed for "Uthman

Bibliography of Cited Works

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