The History of al-Tabari Vol. 9: The Last Years of the Prophet: The Formation of the State A.D. 630-632/A.H. 8-11

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SUNY Press, Jun 15, 2015 - Religion - 264 pages
This volume deals with the last two and a half years of the Prophet's life. In addition to the three major expeditions to Hunanyn, Ta'if, and Tabuk, it describes in detail the circumstances surrounding the illness from which he died and the subsequent crisis of leadership faced by the nascent Muslim community. The author depicts with admirable fairness all the various opinions and divisions that existed within the community. He also presents a vivid picture of the Prophet's physical appearance, his personal life, and his marriages. Among other topics discussed in this volume are all the deputations that came to Medina; a summary of all the expeditions and raiding parties; and his scribes, freedmen, horses, camels, goats, swords, coats of mail, and so on. It also covers the apostasy of Musaylimah, Aswad, and Tulhahah and the Prophet's attempts to deal with them.

The translation not only preserves the original lively flavor of al-Tabari but also, in its annotations, draws extensively on both parallel Arabic sources and the intensive research of recent years. Readers who seek a deeper understanding of the Prophet's personality and of the reasons for antagonisms engendered among various factions will find this volume most informative.

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The Siege of alTaif
The Events of the Year 9 630631
An Account of the Military Expedition to Tabuk
An Account of the People Who Accepted Islam
The Events of the Year 10 631632
The Deputation of the Banu Amir b Sasaah
Disagreement about the Number of the Armies and the Raiding
Report about the Messenger of Gods Pilgrimages
An Account of the Messenger of Gods Scribes
The Names of the Messenger of Gods Milch Sheep
His Bravery and Generosity
An Account of the Day on Which the Messenger of God Died
An Account of the Saqifah
The Disagreements about His Age When He Died
Bibliography of Cited Works
Index of Quranic Verses

The Reason Why the Messenger of God Asked for the Hands
An Account of Those Women to Whom the Prophet Proposed

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