The History of al-Ṭabarī: An Annotated Translation, Vol. 2: by al-Ṭabarī, William M. Brinner

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Prophets and patriarchs.  2) (Bibliotheca Persica) (SUNY series in Near Eastern studies) Translation of extracts from: Ta'rikh* al-rusul wa-al-muluk. Bibliography: p.  Title.  Ta'rikh* al-rusul wa-al-muluk.  Series: SUNY Series in Near Eastern Studies. ) 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Page v Acknowledgements In 1971 the General Editor proposed to the UNESCO to include a translation of al-Tabari's History in its Collection of Representative Works. UNESCO agreed, but the Commission in charge of Arabic works favored other priorities.

The name of the early Nabateans who inhabited Trans- jordan was connected, after the Arab conquest, with the people of Iraq.  Thus yielding 72, the supposed number of languages spoken in the world.  See Mish- kat, I, vi, 2.  Note that the story of this other- wise unknown son of Noah is again attributed to Ibn `Abbas.  God bequeathed them prophecy, scripture, and beauty, and gave them complexions that were brown and white. The descendants of Ham settled along the course of the south and west windthis region is called al-Darum67and God gave them brown complexions, though a few were white.

Jarir al-Tabari (839-923), here rendered as the History of al-Tabari, is by common consent the most important universal history produced in the world of Islam. It has been translated here in its entirety for the first time for the benefit of non-Arabists, with historical and philological notes for those interested in the particulars of the text. Tabari's monumental work explores the history of the ancient nations, with special emphasis on biblical peoples and prophets, the legendary and factual history of ancient Iran, and, in great detail, the rise of Islam, the life of the Prophet Muhammad, and the history of the Islamic world down to the year 915.

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