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The Ghaznavid and Seljuk Turks

Poetry as a Source for Iranian History

By G.E. Tetley

© 2009 – Routledge

224 pages

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This new view on aspects of the Ghaznavid and Seljuk dynasties concentrates on the relationship of the panegyric poets Farrukhi Sistani (c.995-1032) and Mu'izzi (c.1045-1127) to the Ghaznavid and Seljuk rulers and dignitaries for whom they wrote. Dr Tetley investigates the reliability of the historical information which may be gathered from the poems, and draws comparisons with other historical sources.

A solid and impressive work of learning, of interest to scholars in Oriental Studies, Medieval Literature, and History, The Ghaznavid and Seljuk Turks: Poetry as a Source for Iranian History, is the first extended English study of Mu'izzi it presents much new material concerning both this little-studied poet and also the better-known Farrukhi. Additionally, there is a valuable exploration of the relationship between Persians and Turks, a highly significant factor during the rule of the two dynasties.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The Social and Political History of the Period: the Turkish Element 2. Farrukhi Sistani: His Biography, Background and Patrons, to 420/1029 3. Farrukhi Sistani: His Biography and Patrons, from 420/1029 to the End of his Career 4. Mu’izzi: Biography to 485/1092, background, personality 5. Mu'izzi: Biography, Career and Patrons, from 485/1092 to the end of Berkyaruq's Reign (498/1105) 6. Mu'izzi: Life under Sanjar as Malik, 498/1105 to 510/1117 7. Mu’izzi; the Final Phase. Life under Sanjar as Sultan, 510/1117 to c. 518-21/1124-27

About the Author

Dr G.E. Tetley, a graduate of the University of Oxford, worked as a linguist at Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in Cheltenham, U.K., before embarking on her doctorate.

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 / Regional Studies