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The history and monuments of the Tahirid dynasty of the Yemen 858-923/1454-1517.

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Durham E-Theses The history and monuments of the Tahirid dynasty of the Yemen 858-923/1454-1517. Porter, Venetia How to cite: Porter, Venetia (1992) The history and monuments of the Tahirid dynasty of the Yemen 858-923/1454-1517., Durham theses, Durham University. Available at Durham E-Theses Online: http://etheses.dur.ac.uk/1558/ Use policy The full-text may be used and/or reproduced, and given to third parties in any format or medium, without prior permission or charge, for personal research or study, educational, or not-for-profit purposes provided that: • a full bibliographic reference is made to the original source • a link is made to the metadata record in Durham E-Theses • the full-text is not changed in any way The full-text must not be sold in any format or medium without the formal permission of the copyright holders. Please consult the full Durham E-Theses policy for further details. Academic Support Office, Durham University, University Office, Old Elvet, Durham DH1 3HP e-mail: [email protected] Tel: +44 0191 334 6107 http://etheses.dur.ac.uk 2 ABSTRACT Venetia Ann Porter Presented for the degree of Ph.D. University of Durham, 1992 The History and Monuments of the Tahirid dynasty of the Yemen 858-923/1454-1517 This thesis examines the rise to power and the rule of the short-lived Tahirid dynasty of the Yemen. The dynasty ruled over most of Lower Yemen at a critical juncture between the fall of the better known Rasulid dynasty in 858/1454, and the Mamluk conquest of the Yemen in 923/1517. The first part of the thesis, chapters 1-5 looks in detail at the political history, while the second part, chapters 6-8, examines other aspects of the period: the coinage and the architectural legacy. The thesis argues that the Tahirids were able to take over Lower Yemen by making themselves indispensable to the previous dynasty. Once in power, successive Tahirid sultans were faced with three major kinds of problem: challenges to their

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