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Suyutis Tarikh al-Khulafah (History of the Caliphs) HB

Suyuti’s Tarikh al-Khulafah (History of the Caliphs) pieces extracts from a number of earlier historic sources to provide a coherent history of the Caliphs who lead the Islamic civilisations from the death of the Prophet through to the contemporary world of Suyuti. (He utilises the works of Dahabi to the year 700, Ibn Kathir to 738, Masalik to 773 and Ibn Hajr to 850 as well as the works of al-Khatib al-Baghdadi, Ibn Asakir, Abu Nuaym, al-Dinawari, al-Mubarrad and Thaa’lab.)

Suyuti commences his introduction by addressing why the Prophet left no political successor, an important question in Shiite political thought. He cites a number of traditions from the Prophet and the companions starting with the hadith of Hudayfah where the Prophet said, “Verily did I appoint a successor over you and were you to rebel against the successor appointed by me, punishment would come upon you.” He then moves on to consider the necessity of the Imams being from Quraysh and provides brief discussions on the traditions prophesising of the Umayyad and Abbasid Caliphate.

Suyuti then commences his profiles with Abu Bakr, the first Caliph in the history of Islam. He considers Abu Bakr’s background and ancestry before the advent of Islam and his services to Islam during the life of the Prophet. He details the factors that distinguish him from the other companions, lists the verses and ahadith that mention him and indicate his preference for the position of Caliph. The historic events following the death of the Prophet, the gathering of the companions to select a Caliph before the Prophet was buried and the final election of Abu Bakr are treated in detail. This is followed by the key events that happened during his reign, including the contentious despatch of the army of Usamah, the slaughter of the apostates Musaylamah the liar and the collection of the Quran. The profile ends with the death of Abu Bakr and his selection of the next Cali

Publisher: Dar al Minhaj
Author: Imam Suyuti
Pages: 864

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