The History of the Seljuq State: A Translation with Commentary of the Akhbar al-dawla al-saljuqiyya, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The History of the Seljuq State

A Translation with Commentary of the Akhbar al-dawla al-saljuqiyya, 1st Edition

Edited by Clifford Edmund Bosworth


186 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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The Akhbar al-dawla al-saljuqiyya is one of the key primary documents on the history of Western Persia and Iraq in the 11th and 12th centuries. This book provides an accessible English translation and commentary on the text, making available to a new readership this significant work on the pre-modern history of the Middle East and the Turkish peoples.

The text is a chronicle of the Seljuq dynasty as it emerged within the Iranian lands in the 11th and 12th centuries, dominating the Middle Eastern lands, from Turkey and Syria to Iran and eastern Afghanistan. During this formative period in the central and eastern Islamic lands, they inaugurated a pattern of Turkish political and military dominance of the Middle East and beyond, from Egypt to India, in some cases well into the 20th century.

Shedding light on many otherwise obscure aspects of the political history of the region, the book provides a more detailed context for the political history of the wider area. As such, it will be of great interest to scholars of Middle Eastern history and is an important addition to the existing literature on the Seljuq dynasty.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements 1. Introduction 2. Translation of the text. Bibliography

About the Editor

Clifford Edmund Bosworth is a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Arabic and Islamic Studies at Exeter University. His research interests include the pre-modern history of the Central and Eastern Islamic lands, especially Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and Central Asia, on which he has published several books.

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 / Military / General
HISTORY / Medieval
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies