History of al-Tabari Vol. 18, The: Between Civil Wars: The Caliphate of Mu'awiyah A.D. 661-680/A.H. 40-60

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SUNY Press, Jun 17, 2015 - Religion - 276 pages
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, particularly on the identification of what the important issues were in the works of Henri Lammens and Julius Wellhausen. Here one can read the exciting account of the Khariji revolt of Mustawrid ibn Ullifah, the impressive but controversial record of the governorship of Ziyad b. Abihi, the entertaining escapades of the poet Farazdaq in his youth, and the tragic story of Hibn 'Adi. Tabari's presentation of different points of view about these and other events makes his account an indispensable source for early Islamic history.
 

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Contents

Translators Foreword
1
The Events of the Year 44 664665 71
2
The Events of the Year 41 661662
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Mucawiyahs order to kill the sons of Ziyad
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The Events of the Year 42 662663
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The Events of the Year 43 663664
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The Events of the Year 45 665666 76
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Ziyads govemorship over alBasrah
76
Hujr b cAdis execution
122
Those whom Ziyad sent to Mucawiyah
144
The Events of the Year 52 672
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The Events of the Year 55 674675
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Why cUbaydallah b Ziyad killed the Kharijites
196
The length of Mucawiyahs reign
210
Bibliography
227
Index 23 3
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The Events of the Year 47 667668
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AlFaradzaqs flight from Ziyad
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