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The History of al-Tabari Vol. 25
The End of Expansion: The Caliphate of Hisham A.D. 724-738/A.H. 105-120
The History of al-Tabari Vol. 25
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Khalid Yahya Blankinship - Translator
SUNY series in Near Eastern Studies
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Hardcover - 240 pages
Release Date: May 1989
ISBN10: 0-88706-569-4
ISBN13: 978-0-88706-569-9

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Summary

This volume deals with the part of Tabari's great History covering the first fifteen years of the caliphate of the Umayyad Hisham b. 'Abd al-Malik, which represents almost the last period of universal political unity in Islamic history. Tabari's work is generally recognized as among the most important sources for Hisham's reign. Here the bitter fighting faced by the Muslim forces on the frontiers receives extensive and graphic coverage. In particular, the unrewarding and continous war against the pagan Turks in Khurasan, a struggle that did so much to alienate the troops and thus to spread disaffection with Umayyad rule, is recorded in much more detail than elsewhere. Military disasters such as the Day of Thirst, the Day of Kamarjah, and the Day of the Defile are vividly portrayed.

Tabari also devotes considerable attention to the growing internal problems that clouded the latter days of Hisham's rule, including the persistent contest for power between the great tribal groupings and the struggle of non-Arab Muslims for better status for themselves in the Islamic state. The burgeoning fiscal difficulties that threatened the state under Hisham are also highlighted. Additionally, there are many reports of the easliest 'Abbasid revolutionary activity. This volume is not only essential for the study of the reign of Hisham but also for understanding the background of the Umayyads' downfall and the establishment of 'Abbasid rule, laying bare some of the roots of the final breakdown of Islmaic political unity.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Translator's Foreword

The Events of the Year 105 (723-724)

The Caliphate of Hisham b. `Abd al-Malik

Bukayr b. Mahan and the 'Abbasid Revolutionaries

Ibrahim b. Hisham Leads the Pilgrimage

Khalid b. `Abdallah al-Qasri Becomes Governor of the East

Governors

The Events of the Year 106 (724-725)

The Pilgrimage of Hisham b. `Abd al-Malik

The Reason for the Fight at al-Baruqan

Muslim b. Sa`id's Campaign (the Day of Thirst)

The Pilgrimage of Hisham b. `Abd al-Malik (Cont'd.)

Asad b. `Abdallah al-Qasri in Khurasan

Govemors

The Events of the Year 107 (725-726)

The Attack of Asad in This Campaign (to al-Ghur)

Pilgrimage and Governors

The Events of the Year 108 (726-727)

Campaign of Asad in al-Khuttal

Pilgrimage and Officials

The Events of the Year 109 (727-728)

The Report about the Slaying of `Umar b. Yazid al-Usayyidi

Campaign of Asad against al-Ghur

Hisham's Removal of Khalid and His Brother from Khurasan

`Abbasid Missionaries in Khurasan

Thabit Qutnah's Anger at Asad

Ashras b. `Abdallah al-Sulami Becomes Governor of Khurasan

Ibrahim b. Hisham Leads the Pilgrimage

Governors

The Events of the Year 110 (728-729)

Ashras and the Affair of the People of Samarqand and Those Who Followed Them in It

The Battle of Baykand

The Siege of Kamarjah

Pilgrimage and Governors

The Events of the Year 111 (729-730)

The Reason for Hisham's Removal of Ashras from Khurasan and His Appointment of al-Junayd

Pilgrimage and Governors

The Events of the Year 112 (730-731)

The Battle of the Defile: What Its Cause Was and How It Happened

The Killing of Sawrah b. al-Hurr al-Tamimi and the Rest of the Campaign

Pilgrimage and Governors

The Events of the Year 113 (731-732)

Pilgrimage and Governors

The Events of the Year 114 (732-733)

Pilgrimage and Governors

The Events of the Year 115 (733-734)

Pilgrimage and Governors

The Events of the Year 116 (734-735)

The Matter of al-Junayd b. `Abd al-Rahman al-Murri and `Asim b. `Abdallah al-Hilali in Khurasan

About the Revolt of al-Harith b. Surayj

Pilgrimage and Governors

The Events of the Year 117 (735-736)

The Reason for Hisham's Dismissal of `Asim and His Appointment of Khalid for Khurasan

Pilgrimage and Governors

Punishment of `Abbasid Missionaries in Khurasan

The Events of the Year 118 (736-737)

Asad in Khurasan

Hisham Dismisses Khalid b. `Abd al-Malik from al-Madinah

`Ali b. `Abdallah b. al-`Abbas Dies

Pilgrimage and Governors

The Events of the Year 119 (737)

The Story of This Campaign in al-Khuttal

The Campaign of Kharistan

The Execution of al-Mughirah b. Sa`id and Bayan

The Rebellion and Execution of Bahlul b. Bishr

The Execution of Wazir al-Sakhtiyani

Asad's Campaign against al-Khuttal: This Campaign and the Reason for His Killing Badr Tarkhan

The Story of al-Suhari b. Shabib

Pilgrimage and Governors

The Events of the Year 120 (737-738)

The Reason for Asad's Death

The Reason for the Khurasanis' Sending Sulayman b.Kathir to Muhammad b. `Ali

The Reason for Hisham's Dismissal of Khalid al-Qasri

The Action of Hisham in Removing Khalid When His Resolve to Dismiss Him Had Become Firm

The Reason for Nasr b. Sayyar's Governorship of Khurasan

Pilgrimage and Governors

Bibliography of Cited Works

Index


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