History of al-Tabari Vol. 19, The: The Caliphate of Yazid b. Mu'awiyah A.D. 680-683/A.H. 60-64

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SUNY Press, Jun 18, 2015 - Religion - 264 pages
This volume deals with the caliphate of Yazid. Yazid was not accepted as a legitimate caliph by many of the leading Muslims of the time, and, therefore, al-Tabari has concentrated his account of Yazid's caliphate almost entirely on the opposition to him. This opposition had its leadership in two of the leading Islamic figures of the time, al-Husayn, the son of the caliph 'Ali, and Ibn al-Zubayr, a leading Muslim who felt that he had had some claims to the caliphate himself. The first revolt was led by al-Husayn. This revolt, although ineffectual in military terms, is very important for the history of Islam, as al-Husayn came to be regarded by Shi'ite Muslims as the martyred imam; his martyrdom is still commemorated every year by them.

In his account al-Tabari has preserved for us some of the earliest historical writing on the subject. The amount of space he devotes to this event shows the importance it had already assumed by his own time. The second revolt, that of Ibn al-Zubayr, was much more serious in immediate terms. The revolt or civil war can be divided into two stages. This volume covers the first stage, ending with the timely death of Yazid, which saved Ibn al-Zubayr from defeat.

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The Events of the Year 60 contd 68o
The Attack of Amr b alZubayr
The Kufans Invitation to Husayn and the Mission of Muslim
Continuation of Amer alDuhnis Account from
AlHusayns Departure from Mecca for alKufah 6 5
Continuation of Ammar alDuhnis Account from Abfi
The Events of the Year 61 680681
The Names of the Banu Hashim Killed with alHusayn and
Yazids Dismissal of Amr b Sa id as Governor of Medina
TheEvents ofthe Year 62 681682
The Events ofthe Year 63 682683
The Events of the Year 64 683684
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