ABSTRACT

First published in 1989. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

chapter |10 pages

Introduction

chapter |3 pages

Abu Ja'far Mansur

chapter |2 pages

A Conversation with the King of Nubia

chapter |2 pages

Loyalty to Hisham

chapter |4 pages

In the Audience Hall

chapter |1 pages

The Death of Mansur

chapter |1 pages

The Character of Mansur

chapter |1 pages

The Caliphate of Mahdi

chapter |1 pages

Mahdi and the Qadi

chapter |1 pages

Mahdi and the Peasant

chapter |2 pages

Mahdi and the Bedouin

chapter |1 pages

Mahdi and the Treasurer

chapter |3 pages

The Wheel of Fortune

chapter |3 pages

Unrequited Love

chapter |3 pages

An Amusing Story about the King of Hira

chapter |2 pages

The Last Days of Mahdi

chapter |2 pages

The Character of Hadi

chapter |1 pages

Isa ibn Da'b

chapter |1 pages

Revenge

chapter |1 pages

The Fall of Khaizuran

chapter |1 pages

Blood Feuds

chapter |2 pages

The Climate of Egypt

chapter |1 pages

Basra versus Kufa

chapter |2 pages

Harun al-Rashid and the Death of Hadi

chapter |2 pages

The Dream of Mahdi

chapter |1 pages

The Sword Samsama

chapter |1 pages

The Accession of Harun al-Rashid

chapter |2 pages

Sheep's Head

chapter |1 pages

A Qadi's Interpretation

chapter |1 pages

The Last Pilgrimage of Harun al-Rashid

chapter |2 pages

Doctor Jabra'il and a Fish

chapter |2 pages

The Dream of Harun al-Rashid

chapter |2 pages

A Black and a Song

chapter |1 pages

Poem on a Dove

chapter |1 pages

Ma'n ibn Za'ida

chapter |2 pages

Amin and Ma'mun as Children

chapter |1 pages

The Education of Amin

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Amin and Ma'mun

chapter |2 pages

The Succession

chapter |1 pages

Zubaida's Opinion

chapter |2 pages

Rashid's Pilgrimage with his Sons

chapter |2 pages

The Devil's Song

chapter |3 pages

A Hard-Won Song

chapter |1 pages

Horse-Racing at Raqqa

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Fish Tongues

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The Name Ibrahim

chapter |1 pages

Bamboo and Reed

chapter |3 pages

The Death of Harun al-Rashid

chapter |1 pages

Khalid ibn Barmak and His Sons

chapter |1 pages

The Barmakids

chapter |2 pages

The Advice of Yahya

chapter |2 pages

Harun al-Rashid and the Singing Girl

chapter |1 pages

The Avarice of Asma'i

chapter |1 pages

A Poet on Rashid and Ja'far ibn Yahya

chapter |6 pages

On Love

chapter |3 pages

The Fall of the Barmakids

chapter |3 pages

The Murder of Ja'far al-Barmaki

chapter |5 pages

Elegies on the Barmakids

chapter |1 pages

The Mother of Ja'far

chapter |1 pages

The Wealth of the Barmakids

chapter |3 pages

Fadl in Prison

chapter |1 pages

The Caliphate of Amin

chapter |2 pages

The Dreams of Zubaida

chapter |2 pages

Trouble Between Amin and Ma'mun

chapter |1 pages

The Jealousy of Zubaida

chapter |2 pages

Ill-Omens for Amin

chapter |1 pages

Amin's Beloved

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The Frivolity of Amin

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Amin and the Lion

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The Birth of Musa al-Hadi

chapter |1 pages

Miscellaneous Anecdotes

chapter |1 pages

The Palace of Manbij

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Musa Declared Heir Apparent

chapter |2 pages

Rebellion

chapter |2 pages

Amin in Retreat

chapter |3 pages

Baghdad Besieged

chapter |2 pages

The Naked Army

chapter |4 pages

Baghdad in Flames

chapter |2 pages

Resistance

chapter |1 pages

Famine

chapter |5 pages

Amin at Bay

chapter |2 pages

The Death of Amin

chapter |2 pages

An Eye-Witness Account

chapter |1 pages

Amin's Head

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The Laments of the Women

chapter |1 pages

The Caliphate of Ma'mun

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Sayings of Ma'mun

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Ma'mun's Wedding Speech

chapter |7 pages

Ma'mun and the Sponger

chapter |2 pages

The Caliph and the Poet

chapter |2 pages

Kulthum al-Attabi

chapter |1 pages

Professionally Unlucky

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Abu al-Atahiya

chapter |2 pages

The Caliph's Cooking

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Ma'mun Embarrassed

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Ma'mun Justifies Himself to the Sufis

chapter |2 pages

The Death of Shafi'i

chapter |2 pages

Ma'mun and the False Prophets

chapter |2 pages

The Rise and Death of Imam Rida

chapter |1 pages

The Capture of Ibrahim ibn al-Mahdi

chapter |2 pages

The Marriage of Buran

chapter |3 pages

An Adventure of Ibrahim ibn al-Mahdi

chapter |2 pages

The Poverty of Waqidi

chapter |2 pages

Mansur and the Cadger

chapter |2 pages

The Death of Ibn A'isha

chapter |2 pages

The Death of Abu al-Atahiya

chapter |1 pages

The Caliphate of Mu'tasim

chapter |1 pages

Mu'tasim on Agriculture

chapter |2 pages

Mu'tasim and His Doctor

chapter |2 pages

The Kind Heart of Mu'tasim

chapter |3 pages

The New Capital of Samarra

chapter |1 pages

Mu'tasim

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The Caliphate of Wathiq

chapter |3 pages

Wathiq Discusses Medicine

chapter |2 pages

An Aphorism on the Death of Alexander

chapter |1 pages

The Caliphate of Mutawakkil

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Mutawakkil

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Mutawakkil's Palace of the Two Wings

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A Donkey in Love

chapter |1 pages

A Vigorous Old Scholar

chapter |2 pages

Saved from Rape

chapter |3 pages

At the Caliph's Table

chapter |1 pages

The Sailor's Stew

chapter |4 pages

Love's Despair - Jahiz

chapter |1 pages

The Slapping of a Secretary

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The Death of Ahmad ibn Hanbal

chapter |3 pages

The Testing of an Assassin

chapter |2 pages

The Indian Sword

chapter |1 pages

The Assassination of Mutawakkil

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Court Factions

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Mutawakkil's Last Day

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The Reign of Mutawakkil

chapter |3 pages

Mahbuba

chapter |1 pages

The Caliphate of Muntasir

chapter |2 pages

The Carpet of Annihilation

chapter |1 pages

Vicious Viziers

chapter |2 pages

On the Death of Muntasir

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The Generosity of Muntasir

chapter |2 pages

An Old Love Regained

chapter |2 pages

Love at First Sight

chapter |2 pages

Meccan Morals

chapter |1 pages

The Caliphate of Musta'in

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The Aftermath

chapter |2 pages

Things That Give Pleasure

chapter |3 pages

Afra and Urwa

chapter |2 pages

Bugha the Elder

chapter |3 pages

Mu'tazz Acclaimed Caliph

chapter |1 pages

The Assassination of Musta'in

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The Caliphate of Mu'tazz

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A Remarkable Ring

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The Imprisonment of Mu'ayyad

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The Murder of Bugha the Younger

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The Caliphate of Muhtadi

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The Death of Mu'tazz

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The Death of Muhtadi

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The Adventure of a Gate-crasher

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The Austerity of Muhtadi

chapter |1 pages

A Tradition Concerning Ali

chapter |3 pages

The Death of Jahiz

chapter |1 pages

The Caliphate of Mu'tamid

chapter |4 pages

The Discipline of SafFar's Army

chapter |2 pages

The Horrors of the Zanj Rebellion

chapter |1 pages

Wily Muslims Admired by the Byzantines

chapter |5 pages

Mu'awiya Takes Revenge on a Byzantine

chapter |2 pages

The Night Conversations of Mu'tamid

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Mu'tamid Dies by Poison

chapter |2 pages

The Caliphate of Mu'tadid

chapter |1 pages

The Splendid Dowry of Qatr al-Nada

chapter |3 pages

The Wit of Abu al-Ayna

chapter |2 pages

An Idol Comes to Baghdad

chapter |2 pages

A Delegation from Basra

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The Clucking of a Grammarian

chapter |4 pages

Umm Sharif, the Aunt of the Rebel

chapter |2 pages

On Eunuchs

chapter |1 pages

The Funeral of Khumarawaih

chapter |4 pages

Mu'tadid Takes a Thief

chapter |3 pages

The Mimic and the Eunuch

chapter |3 pages

A Master Thief

chapter |2 pages

Alchemical Texts

chapter |1 pages

Mu'tadid's Ghosts

chapter 2|2 pages

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