Research Programs: Collaborative Research

Period of Performance

6/1/2003 - 12/31/2009

Funding Totals

$90,000.00 (approved)
$90,000.00 (awarded)

The Ya'qubi Translation Project

FAIN: RZ-50072-03

Miami University (Oxford, OH 45056-1846)
Matthew S. Gordon (Project Director: September 2002 to June 2010)

A four-volume, annotated translation of the History, the Geography, and a short political essay by the late ninth-century Muslim scholar al-Ya`qubi, works that provide rich information about early Islamic politics, culture, and thought. (25 months)

The Ya`qubi Translation Project (YTP) seeks NEH support for an annotated translation of the three extant works of the late ninth-century Muslim scholar, Ahmad ibn Abi Ya`qub al-Ya`qubi (d.c. 905 C.E.). The YTP is an international collaborative effort that brings together ten scholars of Islamic and Near Eastern history, each of whom has been assigned a section of one of the three works of al-Ya`qubi. The works in question are the History (Ta`rikh al-Ya`qubi), the Geography (Kitab al`Buldan) and a short political essay (Mushakalat al-nas lizamanihim), available in a previous translation under the title "The adaptation of men to their time: an historical essay by al-Ya`qubi."