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The History of al-Tabari Vol. 15
The History of al-Tabari Vol. 15 (March 1990)
The Crisis of the Early Caliphate: The Reign of 'Uthman A.D. 644-656/A.H. 24-35
R. Stephen Humphreys - Translator

Before the caliphate of the 'Uthman b. 'Affan, the Muslim community had grown from strength to strength in spite of a series of major crises--the Hirah, the death of the Prophet, the Riddah wars, the assassination of 'Umar by a Persian slave. But 'Uthman's reign ended in catastrophe. His inability to manage the social and political conflicts that were now emerging among various factions within the community led to his death at the hands of Muslim re...(Read More)
The History of al-Tabari Vol. 21
The History of al-Tabari Vol. 21 (March 1990)
The Victory of the Marwanids A.D. 685-693/A.H. 66-73
Michael Fishbein - Translator

Volume XXI of the History of al-Tabari (from the second part of 66/685 to 73/693) covers the resolution of "the Second Civil War." This conflict, which has broken out in 64/683 after the death of the Umayyad caliph Yazid I, involved the rival claims of the Umayyads (centered in Syria) and the Zubayrids (centered in the Hijaz), each of whom claimed the caliphal title, Commander of the Faithful. Both parties contented for control of Iraq, wh...(Read More)
The History of al-Tabari Vol. 34
The History of al-Tabari Vol. 34 (October 1989)
Incipient Decline: The Caliphates of al-Wathiq, al-Mutawakkil, and al-Muntasir A.D. 841-863/A.H. 227-248
Joel L. Kraemer - Translated and annotated by

The events described in this volume took place during al-Tabari's own time. Al-Tabari was thus writing "contemporary history," and his narrative, often based on first-hand reports, is drawn in vivid and arresting detail. The volume portrays the summit of "the Samarra period," following al-Mu'tasim's transfer of the 'Abbasid capital upstream from Baghdad to Samarra.

Three caliphs are portrayed in this volume: al-Mu'tasim's ...(Read More)
The History of al-Tabari Vol. 13
The History of al-Tabari Vol. 13 (August 1989)
The Conquest of Iraq, Southwestern Persia, and Egypt: The Middle Years of 'Umar's Caliphate A.D. 636-642/A.H. 15-21
Gautier H. A. Juynboll - Translator

This volume deals with the aftermath of the decisive battle at al-Qadisiyyah described in the previous volume. First, the conquest of southern Iraq is consolidated; in rapid succession there follow the accounts of the battles at Burs and Babil. Then in 16/637 the Muslim warriors make for the capital al-Mada'in, ancient Ctesiphon, which they conquer after a brief siege. The Persian king seeks refuge in Hulwan, leaving behind most of his riches, which...(Read More)
The History of al-Tabari Vol. 20
The History of al-Tabari Vol. 20 (August 1989)
The Collapse of Sufyanid Authority and the Coming of the Marwanids: The Caliphates of Mu'awiyah II and Marwan I and the Beginning of The Caliphate of 'Abd al-Malik A.D. 683-685/A.H. 64-66
G. R. Hawting - Translator

This volume covers the vital early years of the second Muslim civil war, when the Umayyad caliphate seemed on the point of extinction. That it survived had much to do with the vigor of the Umayyad Marwan b. al-Hakam whose initial restoration of Umayyad authority is described here in some detail by al-Tabari's sources. In the chaos and confusion of the civil war, however, developments took place that were to prove significant for the future of the Um...(Read More)
The History of al-Tabari Vol. 26
The History of al-Tabari Vol. 26 (July 1989)
The Waning of the Umayyad Caliphate: Prelude to Revolution A.D. 738-745/A.H. 121-127
Carole Hillenbrand - Translator

The years 738-745/121-127, which this volume covers, saw the outbreak in Syria of savage internecine struggles between prominent members of the Umayyad family, which had ruled the Islamic world since 661/41. After the death of the caliph Hisham in 743-/125, the process of decay at the center of the Umayyad power--the ruling family itself--was swift and devastating. Three Umayyad caliphs (al-Walid II, Yazid III, and Ibrahim) followed Hisham within li...(Read More)
The History of al-Tabari Vol. 24
The History of al-Tabari Vol. 24 (July 1989)
The Empire in Transition: The Caliphates of Sulayman, 'Umar, and Yazid A.D. 715-724/A.H. 97-105
David Stephan Powers - Translator

In this volume, which covers the caliphates of Sulayman, 'Umar II, and Yazid II, al-Tabari provides vivid and detailed accounts of the events spanning the period from 97-105/715-724. We listen to the stirring speeches of Qutaybah b. Muslim, in which he urges his followers to renounce their allegiance to Sulayman; are present at the disastrous third and final attempt to take Constantinople; watch from behind the scenes as Raja'b. Haywah skillfully en...(Read More)
The History of al-Tabari Vol. 30
The History of al-Tabari Vol. 30 (July 1989)
The 'Abbasid Caliphate in Equilibrium: The Caliphates of Musa al-Hadi and Harun al-Rashid A.D. 785-809/A.H. 169-193
C. E. Bosworth - Translator

This volume of al-Tabari's History covers nearly a quarter of a century, and after covering the very brief caliphate of al-Hadi, concentrates on that of Harun al-Rashid. During these years, the caliphate was in a state of balance with its external foes; the great enemy, Christian Byzantium, was regarded with respect by the Muslims, and the two great powers of the Near East treated each other essentially as equals, while the Caucasian and Cent...(Read More)
Advice on the Art of Governance (Mau'izah-i Jahangiri) of Muhammad Baqir Najm-i Sani
Advice on the Art of Governance (Mau'izah-i Jahangiri) of Muhammad Baqir Najm-i Sani (July 1989)
An Indo-Islamic Mirror for Princes
Sajida Sultana Alvi - Translator

"It makes available a good specimen of an important genre of political writing--Mirrors for Princes--from Muslim India. The translation is accurate and fluent, and the introduction and annotations very good."--Said Amir Arjomand, SUNY, Stony Brook

Advice on the Art of Governance portrays the political thinking of the Mughals and exemplifies Indo-Islamic political subtlety. Written by a high-ranking Mughal noble...(Read More)
Religion and Social Change in Modern Turkey
Religion and Social Change in Modern Turkey (July 1989)
The Case of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi
Serif Mardin - Author

"In terms of both content and treatment, Mardin's book ranks very high among the few serious books devoted to Islam in modern Turkey. It is a definite step forward in the understanding of a subject hitherto clouded in propagandistic generalities. Bediuzzaman was the most significant Muslim thinker in twentieth-century Turkey, and the account of his case provided by Mardin is an important contribution of unusual value and sophistication to the curr...(Read More)
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