In your assessment, how objective would you say are al-Mas͑ūdī’s accounts as a historical source?

2 Part assignment, each one should be 1-2 pages long.For part A , you are to provide a comparative analysis of the accounts of two Abbasid Caliphs, al-Mansūr (r. 754-775 CE) and al-Ma ͑mūn (r. 813-833 CE) as presented in al-Mas͑ūdī’s The Book of Golden Meadows. For your convenience, a link to the reading can be found here.In addition to doing a general assessment of the primary source reading, address the following questions in your analysis:1. The early Abbasid Caliphs were rulers who enjoyed absolute power. Does al-Mas͑ūdī’s accounts portray this?2. Would you say that al-Mas͑ūdī’s account portrays the Caliphs in a favourable light? What do you think al-Mas͑ūdī is trying to accomplish in these accounts?3. Do these accounts provide any insight into how these Caliphs viewed their responsibility and role as “Islamic” rulers?4. In your assessment, how objective would you say are al-Mas͑ūdī’s accounts as a historical source?LINK TO THE READINGhttps://sourcebooks.fordham.edu/source/masoudi.asp






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