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Storm and Stress along the Northern Frontiers of the 'Abbasid Caliphate
The Caliphate of al-Mu'tas'im, A.D. 833-842/A.H. 218-227
Translated by C. E. Bosworth
261 pages January 1991 paperback 
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This section of al-T'abari's History covers the eight-year reign of al-Mu'tas'im (833-42), immediately following the reign of his elder brother al-Ma'mun, when the Islamic caliphate was once more united after the civil strife and violence of the second decade of the ninth century A.D. Al-Mu'tas'im's reign is notable for the transfer of the administrative capital of the caliphate from Baghdad north to the military settlement of Samarra on the Tigris, where it was to remain for some 60 years. This move meant a significant increase in the caliphs' dependence on their Turkish slave guards. Al-Mu'tasi'm's reign was also marked by periods of intense military activity along the northern fringes of the Islamic lands: against the Byzantines in Anatolia; against the sectarian Babak and his followers--the "wearers of red," the Khurramiyyah--in northwestern Persia; and against the politically ambitious local prince Mazyar in the Caspian provinces of Persia. These episodes take up the greater part of al-T'abari's account of al-Mu'tas'im's reign, and he has provided graphic and detailed narratives of the respective campaigns, including valuable details on military organization and tactics during this period.

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    This book list and describes the principle events from the birth of the prophet Muhammad (SAW) in 570 CE to the year 1000 CE(Common or Christian Era) Contemporary events from the history of the Byzantine and Persia empires are also included. Descriptions are purely factual and presented without interpretation or historical analysis, although background information explaining the significance of events is provided where necessary. Precise locations are given for places that may no longer exist or are known by a different name.
    This revised edition of the chronology is a unique reference source for schools and university teachers and students. And for the general reader interested in Islamic history and culture.

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