By Fahd al-Semmari
The value of this assortment lies in its origins: for the 1st time, best Saudi Arabian historians have created a background of the Arabian Peninsula which analyzes that historical past from an inner Arabian point of view. The publication explores the unique Bedouin payment of the zone, the improvement of the main city parts of Arabia through the Umayyad interval, the socio-political and fiscal advancements within the Hijad and Najd as much as the eighteenth century into the trendy period and the increase and improvement of the Saudi country. This ebook makes an immense contribution to our knowing of the heritage of the Arabian Peninusla, now not least since it presents a standpoint from and a taste of its neighborhood origins.
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80ff. On the complaint of al-Rāʿī al-Numayrī against the zakāt collectors, see Abū Zayd al-Qurashī, Jamharat ashʿār alʿArab (Beirut, 1991), II, pp. 279–83. 51. See al-Sayf ’s discussion of a reference by Ibn Qutayba (in al-Imāma wa-al-siyāsa [Cairo, 1967], I, p. 177) and his conclusion that the price of wheat in the Hijaz was high during critical periods of high temperatures, al-Ḥayat al-iqtiṣādiyya, p. 128). 35 A H ISTORY OF THE A RABIAN P ENINSULA 52. Abū Yūsuf Yaʿqūb, Kitāb al-Kharāj, p. 76.
Ibid. 60. See some of the stories mocking Banū Ḥanīfa, such as that from al-Asmaʿī quoted by al-Jāḥiẓ. It tells of a dignitary from Basra who had a dream and wanted Ibn Sīrīn (a famous interpreter of dreams) to interpret it for him. Such stories made the concealment of lineage acceptable to some Ḥanīfa tribesmen, to avoid the wave of ridicule (see al-Jāḥiẓ, Hayawān, IV, p. 368). The poet ʿAlī ibn Hawdha ibn ʿAlī al-Ḥanafī composed an apology for Banū Ḥanīfa, pointing out that they bore all the blame for the apostasy instead of other Arabian tribes (quoted by ʿAbd Allāh ibn Khamīs, Tārīkh al-Yamāma [Riyadh, 1407/1987–8], IV, p.
50 There are indications that some household slaves were skilled leatherworkers, and would undertake this activity when asked by their masters to do so. 51 Another industry to be found in Najd and Hijaz during the Umayyad period was the textile industry . In the al-W ashm region of Najd highquality cloaks were woven and from here exported to other countries. The village of Tharmudaʾ was particularly famous for its cloaks. 52 The poet Hamid bin Thawr al-Hilali attributed cloak weaving to Tharmudaʾ.