Art of Islam by Carel J. Du Ky

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Was seized and, in his father's presence, was half strangled by the chamberlain. Tsa could not allow the threatened murder to take place and, to save his son's life, he agreed to sign a contract renouncing his rights. For this he received a huge sum of money and was accorded the right to succeed al-Mansur's son, should he outlive him. Al-Mansur died soon afterward and his son, al-Mahdi, succeeded him according to the agreement. after his accession, however, he proclaimed his son Harun ar-Rashid as his heir, and moreover deprived Tsa of his governorship of Kufah.

First "Abbasid caliph, on having his brother al-Mansur Musa (who was their nephew) as the latter's successor. At ibn nominated 'Isa recognized as caliph, had first, relations between al-Mansur and Tsa had been excellent, hence his appointment as governor of Kufah. The situation gradually deteriorated, since al-Mansur wanted to advance his own son while Tsa attempted to preserve the right of succession for his son. By means of the most infamous tricks, al-Mansur isa had, in fact, been pretender to the throne.

Tins technique. Internal strife Baghdad in and the increasing unruliness of the Turks caused the caliph (al-Mu'tasim) 836 and establish a new capital at a state of eclipse resulting from military operations. culture, with a carefully designed layout of streets At Samarra there arose a and canalization systems city leave to Samarra, higher up the Tigris, leaving the former city in worthy only of a for water lofty and drainage, with mosques, palaces, dwelling houses, and workshops. The presence of workshops has proved of the greatest importance, since the material discovered on these sites has afforded us a glimpse into the development of arts and crafts.

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