The History of al-Tabari Vol. 19: The Caliphate of Yazid b. Mu'awiyah A.D. 680-683/A.H. 60-64
This volume deals with the caliphate of Yazid. Yazid was not accepted as a legitimate caliph by many of the leading Muslims of the time, and, therefore, al-Tabari has concentrated his account of Yazid's caliphate almost entirely on the opposition to him. This opposition had its leadership in two of the leading Islamic figures of the time, al-Husayn, the son of the caliph 'Ali, and Ibn al-Zubayr, a leading Muslim who felt that he had had some claims to the caliphate himself. The first revolt was led by al-Husayn. This revolt, although ineffectual in military terms, is very important for the history of Islam, as al-Husayn came to be regarded by Shi'ite Muslims as the martyred imam; his martyrdom is still commemorated every year by them.
In his account al-Tabari has preserved for us some of the earliest historical writing on the subject. The amount of space he devotes to this event shows the importance it had already assumed by his own time. The second revolt, that of Ibn al-Zubayr, was much more serious in immediate terms. The revolt or civil war can be divided into two stages. This volume covers the first stage, ending with the timely death of Yazid, which saved Ibn al-Zubayr from defeat.
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The Events of the Year 60 contd 680 I
The Attack of Amr b alZubayr
The Kufans Invitation to Husayn and the Mission of Muslim
Abu Mikhnafs Account
AlHusayns Departure from Mecca for alKufah
Continuation of Ammar alDuhnis Account from
The Events of the Year 61 680681 I
The Names of the Banu Hashim Killed with alftusayn and
Yazids Dismissal of Amr b Said as Governor of Medina
The Arrival of a Delegation of the People of Medina to Yazid
The Events of the Year 63 682683 I
The Events of the Year 64 683684 I
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Abd al-Malik Abd al-Rahman Abdallah Abi Talib Abu Mihnaf According to Abu According to Hisham al-Ash'ath al-Basrah al-Hajjaj al-Harith al-Hurr al-Husayn al-Kalbi al-Kufah al-Mukhtar al-Nu'man al-Qayn al-Walid al-Waqidi Allah Ansdb answered Apostle Arabic asked attacked authority of Abu Baladhuri Banu Banu Tamim battle Battle of Karbala brother brought Burayr Caliph called death Dhi al-Jawshan died father Fatimah fight followers give the oath governor guarantee of safe-conduct Habib Hani Hanzalah head Husayn Ibn al-Zubayr Ibn Aqil Ibn Hajar Ibn Ziyad Ja'far Ka'b Karbala Khalid Khurasan killed Kufans letter Ma'qil Madhhij Marwan mawla Mecca Medina mentioned elsewhere messenger Mikhnaf mother Mu'awiyah Mu'jam Muhammad Muslim oath of allegiance ordered prayer Prophet Qays Qur'an recited replied reported Sa'd Sa'id Salm saying sent Sezgin Shamir Sharik Shi'ah Shi'ite Shurayh struck summoned sword Tabari Tahdhib Tamim told traditionist tribe Ubayd Ubaydallah Umar Umayyads Uqbah Urwah Uthman Yahya Yaqut Yazid Zuhayr