The Resource Al-Manṣūr and Al-Mahdī, translated and annotated by Hugh Kennedy

Al-Manṣūr and Al-Mahdī, translated and annotated by Hugh Kennedy

Label
Al-Manṣūr and Al-Mahdī
Title
Al-Manṣūr and Al-Mahdī
Statement of responsibility
translated and annotated by Hugh Kennedy
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • ara
  • eng
Summary
This volume opens when the caliph al-Mansur has just defeated the rebellion of Muhammad the Pure Soul in 145/762-3 and is now securely established in power. The main concerns of the remaining thirteen years of his reign are the building of his new capital at Baghdad, on which al-Tabari's text contains details not previously published in English, and his efforts to have his nephew 'Isa b. Musa replaced as heir apparent by his own son Muhammad al-Mahdi, a maneuver that required all his political skills. The circumstances of al-Mansur's death in 158/775 are described in vivid detail, and this section is followed by a series of anecdotes, some serious, some humorous, most vivid and lively, that illustrate his character and habits. The last section of the volume describes the reign of al-Mahdi, more pious than his father but also more liberal and open-handed. Along with routine administration, space is devoted to the bizarre intrigues that accompanied the rise and fall of the vizier Ya'qub b. Dawud and the mysterious circumstances of the caliph's own death in 169/785, followed by a short collection of character stories. In addition, the volume also contains important information about warfare on the Byzantine frontier and in Khurasan
Member of
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
838?-923
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ṭabarī
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
  • DS38.2
  • D17
LC item number
  • .T313 1985 vol. 29
  • .T213 v.29
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Kennedy, Hugh
Series statement
  • The history of al-Ṭabarī =
  • Tārīkh al-rusul wa-al mulūk
  • Bibliotheca Persica
Series volume
v. 29
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Manṣūr, Abū Jaʻfar
  • Mahdī
  • Mansur, Abu Ja'Far, Caliph
  • Mahdi, Caliph
  • Mahdī
  • Manṣūr, Abū Jaʻfar
  • Islamic Empire
  • Islamic Empire
Label
Al-Manṣūr and Al-Mahdī, translated and annotated by Hugh Kennedy
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Translation of extracts from: Tārīkh al-rusul wa-al-mulūk
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [265]-267)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xv, 281 pages
Isbn
9780791401422
Lccn
88035573
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)18959992
Label
Al-Manṣūr and Al-Mahdī, translated and annotated by Hugh Kennedy
Publication
Note
Translation of extracts from: Tārīkh al-rusul wa-al-mulūk
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [265]-267)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xv, 281 pages
Isbn
9780791401422
Lccn
88035573
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)18959992

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