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Title: Dreams in Tabari
Subtitle: Husayn, Jubayr and those in God's Favor in the Ummayad Period
Author(s): WESTSTEIJN, J. , DE VOOGT, A.
Journal: Le Muséon
Volume: 120    Issue: 1-2   Date: 2007   
Pages: 225-229
DOI: 10.2143/MUS.120.1.2020272

Abstract :
It is argued that Tabari used dreams in his famous History to highlight pivotal events and those people who appear in God’s favor. Most dreams appear associated with kings, caliphs and prophets but this allusion is strikingly discontinued for his description of the Umayyad period. The prominence of rebels as opposed to royalty in the Umayyad dreams shows the importance of the revolts against the caliphs in the eyes of Tabari. Among these rebels, two names stand out: al-Husayn b. Abi Talib and Said b. Jubayr.

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