The History of al-Tabari Vol. 32: The Reunification of the 'Abbasid Caliphate: The Caliphate of al-Ma'mun A.D. 813-833/A.H. 198-218

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The 20 years' caliphate of al-Ma'mum began as a stormy period in Middle Eastern history; after the comparatively peaceful reign of his father Harun al-Rashid, the caliphate was plunged into violent civil warfare in both Iraq and Arabia, involving the sons of al-Rashid, rivals for the supreme authority, and various other sectarian rebels and aspirants for power. Yet once peace was secured and the caliphate lands united once more, al-Ma'mum's reign settled down into one of the most exciting and innovative of the mediaeval caliphate. The Caliph himself was a highly cultivated man who possessed a keen intellectual curiosity and who interested himself in the practical sciences, astronomy and mathematics. He also encouraged the translating of Greek philosophical, scientific and medical works from Greek and Syriac into Arabic and involved himself in theological controversies in which the dialectical techniques of the Greek thinkers were to figure. Tabari's history of this period constitutes a prime source for political and military history. His racy and vivid style, including many verbatim conversations and documents, brings the Caliphate of al-Ma'mum very much alive.

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Contents

AlIrāq in the Caliphate of alMamun
5
The Events of the Year 199 814815
12
The spread of the revolt to Mecca under Husayn b Hasan
19
The revolt in the Yemen of the Alid Ibrāhīm b Mūsā
28
The proclamation in Mecca of the Alid Muhammad b Jafar
30
The Events of the Year 201 816817
46
AlMamūns designation of the Eighth Imām of the Shīah
61
Ibrāhīm b alMahdis arrest and jailing of the vigilante leader
75
The Events of the Year 207 822823
130
Military operations in Azerbaijan against the rebel Bābak
144
Abdallāh b Țāhirs march into Egypt to combat
159
Anecdote in which Abdallah is cleared of suspected
169
The Events of the Year 215 830831
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The Events of the Year 218 833834
198
AlMamūns interrogation at alRaqqah of certain scholars
204
Ishāqs despatch of the remaining recalcitrants to the Caliph
220

AlMamūns decision to leave Marw and to travel westwards
78
Various items of information
92
Various appointments to governorships in the outlying part
106
The epistles immediate fame
128
AlMamūns suspicious attitude towards the Syrians
233
AlMamūn and Kulthüm alAttābi
253
texts and translations
258
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