Mediaeval Islamic Historiography and Political Legitimacy: Bal'ami's Tarikhnamah, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Mediaeval Islamic Historiography and Political Legitimacy

Bal'ami's Tarikhnamah, 1st Edition

By A.C.S. Peacock


214 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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The Tarikhnamah is a history of the world and the oldest surviving work of Persian prose. This book examines it as a political and cultural document and why it became such an influential work in the Islamic world.

Table of Contents

Preface. Acknowledgements. Abbreviations. Introduction 1. Politics, religion and culture in the late Samanid state 2. The transmission of the Tarikhnama’s text 3. Bal‘ami’s reshaping of Tabari’s History 4. The contents and purpose of Bal‘ami’s alterations to Tabari’s History 5. The Tarikhnama after Bal‘ami 6. General conclusions. Appendix I: Comparison of postulated redactions of the Tarikhnama. Appendix II: Comparison of the Arabic translation of the Tarikhnamaand the Persian text. Appendix III: Addenda and corrigenda to Daniel’s ‘Annotated Inventory of Bal‘ami' Manuscripts’. Bibliography

About the Author

Dr Andrew Peacock was educated at Oxford and Cambridge, and is a research associate at the University of Cambridge. He specialises in history of Anatolia, the Caucasus and Central Asia, and is the author of several articles on aspects of mediaeval Islamic history and historiography.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the History of Iran and Turkey

This series publishes important studies dealing with the history of Iran and Turkey in the period 1000-1700 AD. This period is significant because it heralds the advent of large numbers of nomadic Turks from Central Asia into the Islamic world. Their influence was felt particularly strongly in Iran and Turkey, territories which they permanently transformed.
The series presents translations of medieval Arabic and Persian texts which chronicle the history of the medieval Turks and Persians, and also publishes scholarly monographs which handle themes of medieval Turkish and Iranian history such as historiography, nomadisation and folk Islam.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Middle East / General
HISTORY / Medieval
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Islamic Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies