History of al-Tabari Vol. 24, The: The Empire in Transition: The Caliphates of Sulayman, 'Umar, and Yazid A.D. 715-724/A.H. 97-105

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SUNY Press, Jun 29, 2015 - Religion - 236 pages
In this volume, which covers the caliphates of Sulayman, 'Umar II, and Yazid II, al-Tabari provides vivid and detailed accounts of the events spanning the period from 97-105/715-724. We listen to the stirring speeches of Qutaybah b. Muslim, in which he urges his followers to renounce their allegiance to Sulayman; are present at the disastrous third and final attempt to take Constantinople; watch from behind the scenes as Raja'b. Haywah skillfully engineers the accession of 'Umar II; and follow the remarkable career of Yazid b. al-Muhallab, first as governor and conqueror, then as prisoner, and finally as rebel.

Throughout this volume we observe the struggle of the Umayyad regime to maintain control over a rapidly expanding but increasingly dissatisfied subject population. Governors are appointed and dismissed with dizzying rapidity, administrative boundaries are drawn and redrawn, Arab tribesmen express dissatisfaction with the diminishing rewards of military conquest, non-Arab converts chafe at the differential treatment they receive, and religious opponents revolt in the name of "the Book and the Sunnah." Important in their own right, the events of this period provide an essential key to a proper understanding of the 'Abbasid revolution that lay just over the horizon.

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Contents

Maslamah b Abd alMalik Besieges Constantinople
39
The Events of the Year 99 717718
61
The Events of the Year 99 contd 717718
69
The Revolt of the Kharijites
76
The Dismissal of alIarrah b Abdallah
82
The Events of the Year 101 719720
89
A Supplement to the Biography of Umar b Abd alAziz That
98
The Events of the Year 101 contd 719720
105
Maslamah Appoints Said Khudhaynah as Governor
150
Saids Dismissal of Shubah and the Battle
152
Said Khudhaynahs Military Expedition against
158
The Slaying of Yazid b Abi Muslim
165
The Events of the Year 104 722723
172
Yazid b Abd alMaliks Dismissal of Abd alRahman
180
The Appointment of Muslim b Said as Governor
187
Muslim b Saids Expedition against the Turks
193

Yazid b alMuhallab Renounces His Allegiance
111
The Slaying of Yazid b alMuhallab
127
Index
201
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