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The History of al-Tabari Vol. 3: The Children of Israel
     

The History of al-Tabari Vol. 3: The Children of Israel

by William M. Brinner (Translator)
 

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This volume continues the stories of the Israelite patriarchs and prophets who figured in Volume II, as well as of the semi-mythical rulers of ancient Iran. In addition to biblical, Qur'anic, and legendary accounts about Moses, Aaron, and the exodus of the Children of Israel from Egypt; of the Judges, Samuel and Ezekiel; and of Saul, David, and Solomon, it includes a

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This volume continues the stories of the Israelite patriarchs and prophets who figured in Volume II, as well as of the semi-mythical rulers of ancient Iran. In addition to biblical, Qur'anic, and legendary accounts about Moses, Aaron, and the exodus of the Children of Israel from Egypt; of the Judges, Samuel and Ezekiel; and of Saul, David, and Solomon, it includes a version of Iranian prehistory that emphasizes the role of Manuchihr (Manushihr in Arabic) in creating the Iranian nation and state.

Woven into these accounts are stories about figures belonging to the very earliest literatures of the Middle East: the mysterious al-Khidwith echoes from the epic of the Sumero-Akkadian hero Gilgamesh; the legendary exploits of Dhu l-Qarnayn, mirroring the ancient romance of Alexander; and incorporating elements about the encounter of King Solomon and Bilqis, the Queen of Sheba, of Jewish midrash and South Arabian lore.

The Islamic empire was at its political and economic height during the tenth and eleventh centuries, and a new civilization was forged at the caliphal court and in society at large. One of the literary triumphs of that civilization was this rich and colorful tapestry belonging to the Islamic genre of "tales of the prophets." The tales in this volume show how threads from all the ancient civilizations of the Middle East were incorporated, absorbed, and Islamized in the brilliant fabric of that new civilization.

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The latest in the 38-volume (not published sequentially) translation of al-Tabari's 915 AD history of the Middle East. He continues the accounts of the ancient prophets of Israel and Arabia, and tries to synthesize those with Iranian mythology, relating 10th century versions of the tales of al-Kidr (not Elijah, he says), Moses, David, Solomon, Balaam, Korah, and others. Also available in paper (unseen), $14.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791406885
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
08/27/1991
Series:
SUNY series in Near Eastern Studies Series
Pages:
206
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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