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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.
Contents: Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations and note on the dates; Genealogical table: the line of the early 'Abbasid caliphs; 1. Historical background and introduction; 2. Harun al-Rashid: where it all started and ended; 3. Al-Amin: the challenge of regicide in Islamic memory; 4. Al-Ma'mun: the heretic Caliph; 5. The structure of civil war narratives; 6. Al-Mutawakkil: an encore of the family tragedy; Conclusion; Select bibliography; Index.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in Islamic civilization.
Responsibility: Tayeb El-Hibri.
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