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This accessible biography treats al-Ma'mum (786-833) as the product of his age, which was a formative period in the development of Islamic law and theology. It presents him in his many facets: rebel, rationalist, scientist, poet, politician, warrior, inquisitor, and self-proclaimed defender of the faith. Drawing on contemporary sources, some friendly and others hostile, it offers a comprehensive portrait of a fascinating figure in Islamic history.
Michael Cooperson is Associate Professor of Arabic at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of Classical Arabic Biography: The Heirs of the Prophet in the Age of al-Ma'mun.
Acknowledgements Xi 1 Introduction 1 2 Education 17 3 The First Succession Crisis 39 4 The Second Succession Crisis 57 5 Science and Rationalism 81 6 Defender of The Faith 107 Epilogue 129 Bibliography 133 Index 137
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