Muʻawiya ibn abi Sufyan: from Arabia to Empire

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Oneworld, 2006 - History - 145 pages
In this accessible study, Stephen Humphreys introduces the most elusive of the early caliphs, Mu'awiya ibn abi Sufyan (602-680). Throughout history, some have accused him of being the first caliph to diverge from Muhammed's model of ideal Muslim leadership whilst others credit him with uniting an empire in disarray and transforming the Caliphate into a practicable form of government. In light of this, Humphreys critically analyses his sources, and seeks to get as close as possible to a historical account of the great man.

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Contents

THE FIRST THREE DECADES 600632
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The lineage of Muawiya
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THE FIRST CIVIL WAR AND MUAWIYAS
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Copyright

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About the author (2006)

R. Stephen Humphreys is Professor of History and Islamic Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and author of "Islamic History: A Framework for Inquiry" (second edition, 1991) among other works.

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