(932 - 1003) (الطائع بالله) was the Abbasid Caliph
from 974 to 991. Very little is known about his personal and official life. During his Caliphate, Syria
was torn by contending factions — Fatimid
, Turkish, and Carmathian
; while the Buwayhid
dynasyty was split up into parties that were fighting among themselves. To top this all off, the Byzantine Emperor John Tzimisces stormed the east in a victorious campaign in 975. After holding the office for seventeen years, al-Ta'i was deposed and cast into captivity by a Buwayhid ruler who craved al-Ta'i's property.
More information on Ta'i can be found in Hilal al-Sabi's account of the Abbasid court, specifically the interaction between Ta'i and his Buwayhid generalissimo 'Adud al-Daula.