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The History of al-Tabari Vol. 1
The History of al-Tabari Vol. 1 (April 1989)
General Introduction and From the Creation to the Flood
Franz Rosenthal - Translator

Volume I of the thirty-eight volume translation of Tabari's great History begins with the creation of the world and ends with the time of Noah and the Flood. It not only brings a vast amount of speculation about the early history of mankind into sharp Muslim focus, but it also synchronizes ancient Iranian ideas about the prehistory of mankind with those inspired by the Qur'an and the Bible. The volume is thus an excellent guide to the cosmolo...(Read More)
 
 
The History of al-Tabari Vol. 6
The History of al-Tabari Vol. 6 (January 1989)
Muhammad at Mecca
W. Montgomery Watt - Translated and annotated by
M. V. McDonald - Translated and annotated by

The sixth volume of the translation of al-Tabari's History deals with the ancestors of Muhammad, with his own early life, and then with his prophetic mission up to the time of his Hijrah or emigration to Medina. The topics covered mean that this volume is of great importance both for the career of Muhammad himself and for the early history of Islam. Al-Tabari was familiar with, and made use of, the main early source of these matters, the S...(Read More)
 
 
The History of al-Tabari Vol. 7
The History of al-Tabari Vol. 7 (August 1987)
The Foundation of the Community: Muhammad At Al-Madina A.D. 622-626/Hijrah-4 A.H.
M. V. McDonald - Translator
W. Montgomery Watt - Annotator

The contents of this volume are extremely significant: The specific events in this earliest period set precedents for what later became established Islamic practice. The book deals with the history of the Islamic community at Medina during the first four years of the Islamic period--a time of critical improtance for Islam, both as a religion and as a political community. The main events recounted by Tabari are the battles between Muhammad's supporte...(Read More)
 
 
The History of al-Tabari Vol. 37
The History of al-Tabari Vol. 37 (August 1987)
The 'Abbasid Recovery: The War Against the Zanj Ends A.D. 879-893/A.H. 266-279
Philip M. Fields - Translator
Jacob Lassner - Annotator

This volume of Tabari's annals deals almost exclusively with the final stages of the Zanj revolt, the most serious external challenge faced by the central authorities in the last half of the third/ninth century. The rebellion, which began as an 'Alid uprising, but soon gave way to Kharijite influences, was a movement that attracted the disenfranchised elements of society in lower Iraq. Their battle against the tested armies of the Caliphate continue...(Read More)
 
 
The History of al-Tabari Vol. 4
The History of al-Tabari Vol. 4 (August 1987)
The Ancient Kingdoms
Moshe Perlmann - Translator

In this volume Tabari takes up the history of the ancient world, focusing on the Iranians and the Israelites after the time of Solomon. He establishes a comparative chronology between the two nations; viewing Bahman, the Persian king, as the son of Esther, and his daughter, Khumani, the mother of Darius. Tabari's synchronization also leads him into a discussion of North and South Arabia, in which stories about King Jadhimah, Queen Zabba, and the tri...(Read More)
 
 
The History of al-Tabari Vol. 32
The History of al-Tabari Vol. 32 (March 1987)
The Reunification of the 'Abbasid Caliphate: The Caliphate of al-Ma'mun A.D. 813-833/A.H. 198-218
C. E. Bosworth - Translator

The 20 years' caliphate of al-Ma'mum began as a stormy period in Middle Eastern history; after the comparatively peaceful reign of his father Harun al-Rashid, the caliphate was plunged into violent civil warfare in both Iraq and Arabia, involving the sons of al-Rashid, rivals for the supreme authority, and various other sectarian rebels and aspirants for power. Yet once peace was secured and the caliphate lands united once more, al-Ma'mum's reign se...(Read More)
 
 
The History of al-Tabari Vol. 2
The History of al-Tabari Vol. 2 (November 1986)
Prophets and Patriarchs
William M. Brinner - Translator

This volume records the lives and efforts of some of the prophets preceeding the birth of Mohammad. It devotes most of its message to two towering figures--Abraham, the Friend of God, and his great-grandson, Joseph. The story is not, however simply a repetition of Biblical tales in a slightly altered form, for Tabari sees the ancient pre-Islamic Near East as an area in which the histories of three different peoples are acted out, occasionally meetin...(Read More)
 
 
The History of al-Tabari Vol. 18
The History of al-Tabari Vol. 18 (November 1986)
Between Civil Wars: The Caliphate of Mu'awiyah A.D. 661-680/A.H. 40-60
Michael G. Morony - Translator

This volume presents for the first time in English Tabari's complete account of the twenty-year long reign of the fifth caliph, Mu'awiyah (661-680). The importance of this account lies partly in Tabari's quotation of major portions of the work of earlier authors, such as Abu Mikhnaf and other eighth-century compilers. It is also significant because Tabari's selection of themes has had a decisive influence on modern interpretations of this period, pa...(Read More)
 
 
The History of al-Tabari Vol. 35
The History of al-Tabari Vol. 35 (October 1985)
The Crisis of the 'Abbasid Caliphate: The Caliphates of al-Musta'in and al-Mu'tazz A.D. 862-869/A.H. 248-255
George Saliba - Translator


The period covered in this volume is one of the most tumultuous periods of Islamic history. In it, al-Tabari details with great success the intricate events that shaped real political power in Samarra and Baghdad during the middle of the ninth century, laying bare the dynamics through which the army generals--who were mainly of Central Asian Turkish extraction--consolidated their grip on the caliphate. The political maneuvering th...(Read More)
 
 
The History of al-Tabari Vol. 38
The History of al-Tabari Vol. 38 (October 1985)
The Return of the Caliphate to Baghdad: The Caliphates of al-Mu'tadid, al-Muktafi and al-Muqtadir A.D. 892-915/A.H. 279-302
Franz Rosenthal - Translator

The concluding pages of al-Tabari's History cover the caliphates of al-Mu'tadid and al-Muktafi and the beginning of the reign of al-Muqtadir--altogether a period of 23 turbulent years in world history. Although al-Tabari has woven skillful narratives and quoted important documents verbatim, much of the information consists of brief notes jotted down by an observant and well-placed contemporary who witnessed the events as they occurred. The re...(Read More)
 
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