By Chase Robinson

The quantity brings jointly 17 articles through prime Islamicists and Arabists, on a number of themes in Medieval and Early smooth occasions, together with the Qur‘?n, Shi'ism, ?bb?sid historiography, the Crusaders, and Mamluk heritage.

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18 Ja'far b. Dìnàr al-Khayyà†, who was to have a long military and administrative career, was another object of al-Afshìn’s wrath and the narrator’s contempt, on account of his alleged disobedience and incompetence. 19 The narrative of the Bàbak campaign also stresses al-Afshìn’s relations with the mu††awwi'a, the irregulars who volunteered for the jihàd. The narrative shows them as enthusiastic but reckless and easily discouraged by setbacks. At one stage, a number of them thought of abandoning the campaign because of the hardships.

5 Both these campaigns were recorded in great detail. 3 4 5 Donner, Narratives, 117. Al-ˇabarì, Ta"rìkh, Leiden, 1879–1901, iii, 1186–1226. Al-ˇabarì, Ta"rìkh, iii, 1236–1256. 20   Bàbak al-Khurramì 6 had established himself as the leader of a resistance movement in the mountainous areas of northern Azerbayjan from about 201/816–17. His rebellion was essentially anti-Muslim and at least some of his followers were known as Khurramìs belonging to a sect which seems to have been a branch of the Mazdakites of Sasanian Iran.

For a short but useful discussion of the Arabic sources for the Samarra period, M. Gordon, The Breaking of a Thousand Swords: A History of the Turkish Military of Samarra, Albany, 2001, 8–14. 18   were actually contemporaries of the events they record. The problem of relying on accounts which were written down a century or more after the events they describe is not so acute in the Abbasid context. Nor are the issues as far reaching. Numerous historical questions: what the Prophet had done on particular occasions, how Abù Bakr was chosen as caliph, why 'Uthmàn was murdered, in what way the Battle of Siffin ended and many others, had fundamental implications for the development of political and religious practice.

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