An Universal History, From the Earliest Accounts to the Present Time (Volume 20)

 
9781234899134: An Universal History, From the Earliest Accounts to the Present Time (Volume 20)

Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1780. Excerpt: ... SECT. VI. From the Election of Al Mostacfi to the Khalifast to the Abdication of Al Mot'u *Tr H E fame day on which Al Mottaki was deprived of his Al Mostacfi '* power, Abu'l Kafem Abd'allah Ebn Al Moctasi, sur- it tltBtd named Mostacsi Bi'llah, was elected khalif. His mother's if,aJif. name was Gafn, or Ghafn; but from whence slie came, or in what country she was born, does not clearly appear from any good author. 'We are told by Abu'l-Faraj, that a wo- man, named Alam, who was one of Al Mostacsi's greatest favourites, having assured a Moslem, very intimate with Tu- zun, that he was an exceeding prudent, pious, and opulent prince, and this having been immediately imparted to Tu- zsin, he was instantly faluted Emir Al Mumenin, or Em- or of the Faithful. Upon his accession, he continued benefactor Tuzun in the post of emir al omra; who, in consequence of this office, had the government of Bagh- dad, with the. district belonging to it, entirely committed ·to his charge. At this period, Abu Yezid Ebn Condad, of the tribe of Abu Ytzid Zenat, or Zanat, whofe mother was an Ethiopian slave in r'Mt the city of Toser, or Tozer, the Tisurus of Ptolemy, rebelled against Al Kayem, the Fatemite khalif of Kairwan, Africa!" in Africa. His arms were attended with such wondersul succefs, that he reduced the cities of Kairwan, Al Rakkada, and Tunis, befides all the other sortresses of lefs strength, overthrew, in a bloody battle, an army sent against him by Al Kayem, besieged that prince himself in the citadel of Al Mohdia sor seven months, and slattered himself with the hopes, as he was reduced to great distrefs sor want of provisions, of starving him to a surrender. We must not sorget to observe, that the new khalif Al Mostacsi releafed his predecessor Al Kaher from his consinement in the imp...

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