The History of al-Tabari Vol. 9: The Last Years of the Prophet: The Formation of the State A.D. 630-632/A.H. 8-11

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SUNY Press, 1990 - History - 250 pages
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This volume deals with the last two and a half years of the Prophet's life. In addition to the three major expeditions to Hunanyn, Ta'if, and Tabuk, it describes in detail the circumstances surrounding the illness from which he died and the subsequent crisis of leadership faced by the nascent Muslim community. The author depicts with admirable fairness all the various opinions and divisions that existed within the community. He also presents a vivid picture of the Prophet's physical appearance, his personal life, and his marriages. Among other topics discussed in this volume are all the deputations that came to Medina; a summary of all the expeditions and raiding parties; and his scribes, freedmen, horses, camels, goats, swords, coats of mail, and so on. It also covers the apostasy of Musaylimah, Aswad, and Tulhahah and the Prophet's attempts to deal with them.

The translation not only preserves the original lively flavor of al-Tabari but also, in its annotations, draws extensively on both parallel Arabic sources and the intensive research of recent years. Readers who seek a deeper understanding of the Prophet's personality and of the reasons for antagonisms engendered among various factions will find this volume most informative.
 

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Contents

The Events of the Year 8 contd 629630
1
The Siege of alTaif
20
The Division of the Booty Captured at Hunayn and Gifts of Conciliation
26
The Events of the Year 9 630631
40
An Account of the Military Expedition to Tabuk
47
An Account of the People Who Accepted Islam
62
The Events of the Year IO 631632
82
The Deputation of the Banu Amir b Sasaah
103
The Names of the Messenger of Gods Milch Camels
151
The Names of the Messenger of Gods Milch Sheep
153
The Names of the Messenger of Gods Bows and Lances
154
The Names of the Messenger of Gods Shields
155
The Messenger of Gods Characteristics
157
The Seal of Prophethood Which He Had
158
His Bravery and Generosity
159
The Description of His Hair and Whether He Used to Dye It or Not
160

Disagreement about the Number of the Armies and the Raiding Parties Saraya Sent by the Messenger of God
118
Report about the Messenger of Gods Pilgrimages
125
Report about the Messenger of Gods Wives Those Who Survived Him Those Who Left Him the Reason for Which They Left and Those Who Died ...
126
The Reason Why the Messenger of God Asked for the Hands of Both Aishah and Sawdah in Marriage and the Received Reports as to with Whom He...
129
An Account of Those Women to Whom the Prophet Proposed But Did Not Marry
140
An Account of the Messenger of Gods Slave Concubines
141
The Events of the Year IO contd 631632
142
An Account of the Messenger of Gods Scribes
147
The Names of the Messenger of Gods Horses
148
The Names of the Messenger of Gods Mules
150
Report about the Beginning of the Messenger of Gods Illness in Which He Died and What He Did Just Prior to It When He was Bewailed for His App...
162
The Events of the Year II 632633
163
An Account of the Day on Which the Messenger of God Died and His Age
183
An Account of the Saqifah
189
The Disagreements about His Age When He Died
206
The Day and the Month in Which the Messenger of God Died
208
Bibliography of Cited Works
211
Index
219
Index of Quranic Verses
249
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