The History of al-Tabari Vol. 5: The Sasanids, the Byzantines, the Lakhmids, and Yemen

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SUNY Press, Jun 11, 2015 - History - 458 pages
This volume of al-Tabari’s History provides the most complete and detailed historical source for the Persian empire of the Sasanids, whose four centuries of rule were one of the most glorious periods in Persia’s long history.

This volume of al-T'abari's History has a particularly wide sweep and interest. It provides the most complete and detailed historical source for the Persian empire of the Sasanids, whose four centuries of rule were one of the most glorious periods in Persia's long history. It also gives information on the history of pre-Islamic Arabs of the Mesopotamian desert fringes and eastern Arabia (in al-Hira and the Ghassanid kingdom), and on the quite separate civilization of South Arabia, the Yemen, otherwise known mainly by inscriptions. It furnishes details of the centuries'-long warfare of the two great empires of Western Asia, the Sasanids and the Byzantine Greeks, a titanic struggle which paved the way for the subsequent rise of the new faith of Islam. The volume is thus of great value for scholars, from Byzantinists to Semitists and Iranists. It provides the first English translation of this key section of al-T'abari's work, one for which non-Arabists have hitherto relied on a partial German translation, meritorious for its time but now 120 years old. This new translation is enriched by a detailed commentary which takes into account up-to-date scholarship.

 

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Contents

The Kings of the Persians
1
The History of alHīrah
20
Hurmuz I
39
Narsi
48
The History of alHīrah
67
The History of alHīrah
74
Jūr
82
Yazdajird II
106
Resumption of the History of Kisrā Anūsharwān
252
Mention of the Birth of the Messenger of God
268
The Remainder of Kisrā Anūsharwāns Reign
285
Hurmuz
295
Mention of Those Who Say That i e those who say that
324
The Encounter at Dhū Qār
338
Mention of Those Vassal Rulers Set over the Desert Frontier
370
Ardashīr III
400

Mention of Events in the Reigns of Yazdajird II Son of Bahrām
121
Qubādh I
128
Mention of What Has Been Recorded Concerning the Events
139
Anūsharwān
146
The History of alHirah
162
Abarwiz 305
403
Farrukhzādh Khusraw
408
Index
443
Fayruz II 408
453
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