The Saljuqnama of Zahir al-Din Nishapuri

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Januar 2004



The "Saljuqnama is a historical work written around AD 1188 for Tughril III, the last of the Saljuq dynasty to rule in Iran. Zahir al-Din Nihapuri hoped to win favor at the court by presenting his history of the great early Saljuq kings and their less powerful successors in Western Iran to the young Sultan. The history has fourteen brief chapters covering the rise of the dynasty and the reigns of individual Sultans. Though often quite inaccurate, this work was the main source on the history of the dynasty available to later Persian chroniclers. The identification of the apparently unique manuscript in the library of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland has made it possible to produce this edition of the long-lost work. Although the manuscript provides the basis of this edition, much evidence for the text of the original is available in the works of later historians who made use of the "Saljuqnama. This evidence has enabled Morton to check and correct the readings of the manuscript, and to produce a text which rests to a great extent on lost manuscripts of the Saljuqnama which were in existence a few decades after the composition of the original.


A H Morton used to teach Persian at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is the author of A Catalogue of Early Islamic Glass Stamps in the British Museum (1985), and the translator of Michele Membre, Mission to the Lord Sophy of Persia (1539-1542) (1993).

EAN: 9780906094488
ISBN: 0906094488
Untertitel: A Critical Text Making Use of the Unique Manuscript in the Library of the Royal Asiatic Society. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Gibb Memorial Trust
Erscheinungsdatum: Januar 2004
Seitenanzahl: 212 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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