The Works of Ibn Wāḍiḥ al-Yaʿqūbī (3 vols): An English Translation

Series:  Islamic History and Civilization, Volume: 152
The Works of Ibn Wāḍiḥ al-Yaʿqūbī contains a fully annotated translation of the extant writings of Abū al-`Abbās al-Ya`qūbī, a Muslim imperial official and polymath of the third/ninth century, along with an introduction to these works and a biographical sketch of their author. The most important of the works are the History ( Ta’rikh) and his Geography ( Kitab al-buldan). The works also contains a new translation of al-Ya`qubī’s political essay ( Mushakalat al-nas) and a set of fragmentary texts drawn from other Arabic medieval works. Al-Ya`qūbī’s writings are among the earliest surviving Arabic-language works of the Islamic period, and thus offer an invaluable body of evidence on patterns of early Islamic history, social and economic organization, and cultural production.

Contributors: Laila Asser, Paul Cobb, Lawrence I. Conrad, Elton Daniel, Fred Donner, Michael Fishbein, Matthew S. Gordon, Sidney H. Griffith, Wadad Kadi (al-Qāḍī), Lutz Richter-Bernberg, Chase F. Robinson, Everett K. Rowson

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Matthew S. Gordon, Ph.D. (1993), Columbia University, is Professor of Middle East & Islamic History at Miami University. He has published monographs, textbooks, and numerous articles on medieval Islamic social and political history, including The Breaking of a Thousand Swords (SUNY Press, 2001).

Chase F. Robinson, Ph.D. (1992), Harvard University, is Distinguished Professor and President of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He has written or edited some 8 books and 40 articles on Islamic history. His most recent book is Islamic Civilization in 30 Lives (Thames & Hudson, 2016).

Everett K. Rowson, Ph.D. (1982), Yale University, is Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at New York University. He has published widely in Islamic philosophy, history, and gender and sexuality studies, as well as classical Arabic literature.

Michael Fishbein, Ph.D. (1988), University of California at Los Angeles, is a retired Lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at that university, where he taught Arabic language and literature for many years. He is the translator of Volumes VIII, XXI, and XXXI of the SUNY History of al-Ṭabarī.
All interested in the early and medieval Islamic period and the history of the caliphate; geography, urbanisation and commerce in the medieval Mediterranean; the transmission of Late Antique culture and intellectual heritage into Arabic; Arabic society and culture.


Acknowledgements List of Contributors IntroductionMatthew S. Gordon Ibn Wāḍiḥ al-Yaʿqūbī: A Biographical SketchSean Anthony and Matthew S. Gordon Manuscripts, Printed Editions, and Translations of al-Yaʿqūbī’s WorksEverett K. Rowson

The Book of the Adaptation of Men to Their Time and Their Dominant Characteristics in Every Age (Mushākalat al-nās li-zamānihim wa-mā yaglibu ʿalayhim fī kull ʿaṣr)

The Geography (Kitāb al-Buldān)


Appendix: Passages Attributed to al-Yaʿqūbī in Ibn al-Dāya, Kitāb al-Mukāfaʾa wa-Ḥusn al-ʿUqbā General Bibliography


The History (Taʾrīkh) Adam to Pre-Islamic Arabia


The History (Taʾrīkh) The Rise of Islam to the Reign of al-Muʿtamid