A critical edition of Khulāṣat al-'asjad by 'Abd al-Raḥmān b. Ḥasan al-Bahkalī (d.1224/1809) with introduction to the author and his works and the historical background
The introductory chapters which follow are a detailed study of the Khulasah, and they attempt to provide the historical background to the work. I have included in this introduction a chapter on the author and his work. This chapter mainly talks about the author, the importance of the work, the manuscripts used in editing the Khulasah, and the other works of the author. The chapter ends with a brief discussion on Zaydism. The second chapter deals with the history of the area before the emergence of the Khayrat family. This involves studying the various dynasties which rule Tihamah, with special regard to al-Mikhlaf al-Sulaymani. The third chapter is devoted to the comments and notes by the Editor on the text. Biographies can be found in chapter four and in chapter five there follows a geographical index. The study ends with a Bibliography and a map of the area. Part Two of this study includes the text followed by a chapter which looks at the poems appearing in the text. There follows a chapter which studies the Hadith mentioned in the text.