The History of al-Tabari Vol. 30: The 'Abbasid Caliphate in Equilibrium: The Caliphates of Musa al-Hadi and Harun al-Rashid A.D. 785-809/A.H. 169-193
The 26th volume, covering 738-745, traces the moral and political decline of the ruling Umayyads, the growing rebellions, and the rise of Marwan II, whose death was to mark the dynasty's overthrow by the Abbasids. Includes maps, genealogies, and extensive notes. Paperback edition ($16.95) not seen. The 30th volume in this history covers the caliphate of the famed Harun al-Rashid, a primary character in 1001 Nights, the flourishing of the arts under his patronage, and his sudden destruction of the Barmakides family of viziers, an event still recounted as romantic mystery. Paper edition ($24.50) not seen. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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