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Reinterpreting Islamic historiography : Hārūn al-Rashīd and the narrative of the ʻAbbasid caliphate

Author: Tayeb El-Hibri
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 1999.
Series: Cambridge studies in Islamic civilization.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The history of the early 'Abbasid caliphate in the eighth and ninth centuries has long been studied as a factual or interpretive synthesis of various accounts preserved in the medieval chronicles. Tayeb El-Hibri's book breaks with the traditional approach, applying a literary-critical reading to examine the lives of the caliphs. By focusing on the reigns of Harun al-Rashid and his successors, al-Amin and al-Ma'mun,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Hārūn al-Rashīd, Caliph; Hārūn al-Rashīd, Caliph
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Tayeb El-Hibri
ISBN: 0521650232 9780521650236
OCLC Number: 39787179
Description: ix, 236 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in Islamic civilization.
Responsibility: Tayeb El-Hibri.
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"The history of the early 'Abbasid caliphate in the eighth and ninth centuries has long been studied as a factual or interpretive synthesis of various accounts preserved in the medieval chronicles. Tayeb El-Hibri's book breaks with the traditional approach, applying a literary-critical reading to examine the lives of the caliphs. By focusing on the reigns of Harun al-Rashid and his successors, al-Amin and al-Ma'mun, as well as on the early Samarran period, the study demonstrates how the various historical accounts were not in fact intended as faithful portraits of the past, but as allusive devices used to shed light on controversial religious, political, and social issues of the period, as well as on more abstract themes such as behavior, morality, and human destiny."--Jacket.

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