A Rabble-rouser's Memoir

Book - 2007
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This 1989 second volume of Professor Williams' translation of al-Tabarī's account of the early 'Abbāsī empire focuses on the reigns of the son - al-Mahdī - and grandsons - al-Hadi and Hārūn al-Rashīd - of Caliph al-Mansūr, the subject of the first volume. This was the 'Golden Prime' of the empire, before the civil war between the sons of al-Rashīd and the movement of the capital away from Baghdad. Also considered is the story of the Persian aristocratic family, the Barmakis, who became the real rulers under the indolent al-Rashīd, until he destroyed them in a rage which astonished his contemporaries. The events are narrated through the reminiscences of eyewitnesses, woven together by the great historiographer al-Tabarī (d. 923). The translator of the volume is an Islamicist who has lived many years in the Arab world and has a rare knowledge of its culture and literature.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2007.
Edition: 1st Atria Books hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9780743291873
Branch Call Number: 361.23092
HV4716.M373 A3 2007x
Characteristics: 253 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.


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Nov 10, 2007

Very well written, it reads like an adventure novel. An interesting look at the life of an activist.


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