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Persian historiography to the end of the twelfth century

TL;DR: In this article, the authors of the 1999 British-Kuwait Friendship Society Prize in Middle Eastern Studies presented a ground-breaking work on a subject that has been almost totally neglected.
Abstract: Winner of the 1999 British-Kuwait Friendship Society Prize in Middle Eastern Studies Described by the BKFS reviewer as "A ground-breaking work on a subject that has been almost totally neglected" "Why write history in Persian?" Persian historical writing has received little attention as compared with Arabic, especially as seen in the early (pre-Mongol) period Within the larger context of the development of Islamic historiography from the tenth through the twelfth centuries, the case of Persian historical writing demands special attention Discussions tend to concentrate on its sources in pre-Islamic Persian and in Arabic works, while the reasons for its emergence, its connections with Iranian and Arabic models, its political and cultural functions, and its reception, have been virtually ignored This study answers these questions and addresses issues relating to the motivation for writing the works in question; its purpose; the role of the author, patrons and audiences; the choice of language and the reasons for that choice; the place of historical writing in the broader debate over the suitability of Persian for scholarly writing
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01 Jan 2013
TL;DR: In this article, the authors present an overview of the community and community auto-biography in Greece, focusing on the following parts: 1.1. COMMUNITY AND COMMUNITY AUTOBIOGRAPHY 9 1.2.
Abstract: iv' ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS' ' viii' INTRODUCTION 1 PART I: COMMUNITY AND COMMUNITY AUTOBIOGRAPHY 9 1.1$$$$$COMMUNITY$ 9$ 1.1.1''COMMUNITY'AND'LOCALITY' 9' 1.1.2''COMMUNITY'AND'SOCIETY' 13' 1.1.3''COMMUNITY'AND'MEMORY' 19' 1.1.4''COMMUNITY'AND'HISTORY' 38' ' 1.2$$$$$LOCAL$HISTORIES$ 42' 1.2.1''SOME'DEFINITIONS' 42' 1.2.2''SNAPSHOTS'OF'LOCAL'HISTORY' 47' ' 1.3$$$$$LOCAL$HISTORY$AS$COMMUNITY$AUTOBIOGRAPHY$ 113' PART II: GREEK LOCAL HISTORIOGRAPHY 123 2.1$$$$$τοπικὴ ἱστορία$ 123 2.1.1''LOCAL'HISTORIOGRAPHY'IN'GREECE:'AN'INDIGENOUS'FORM' 123' 2.1.2''THE'RECEPTION'AND'STUDY'OF'GREEK'LOCAL'HISTORIOGRAPHY' 140' ' 2.2$$$$CASE$STUDIES$ 173$ $ $ 2.2.1''GREEK'LOCALITIES' 173' ' 2.2.2'''Σαμίων Ὧροι 177 2.2.2.1$A$BRIEF$HISTORY$OF$SAMOS' 178' 2.2.2.2$LOCAL$HISTORIANS$OF$SAMOS' 190' $$$$$$$A)$TO$THE$END$OF$THE$FOURTH$CENTURY$ 195' $$$$$$$B)$DOURIS$OF$SAMOS$ 212' 2.2.2.3$$THE$SOURCES$OF$SAMIAN$LOCAL$HISTORIOGRAPHY' 224' $$$$$$$A)$THE$HERAION' 227' $$$$$$$B)$PROVERBS' 237' ' '

77 citations

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30 Sep 2013
TL;DR: In this article, the prophet Mohammad's Persian companion, Salman al-Farisi, was described as a prophet who asserted the end of the past and reformed Iranians' memories of pre-Islamic times.
Abstract: 1. Prior connections to Islam 2. Muhammad's Persian companion, Salman al-Farisi 3. Finding meaning in the past 4. Reforming Iranians' memories of pre-Islamic times 5. The unhappy prophet 6. Asserting the end of the past.

57 citations

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01 Jan 2010
TL;DR: In this paper, the authors discuss the relationship between Islam and the natural world, including the Dar al-Harb and the Ahl al-Dhimma, as well as the role of women in Islam.
Abstract: Introduction ROBERT IRWIN Part I. Religion and Law: 1. Islam JONATHAN BERKEY 2. Sufism ALEXANDER KNYSH 3. Varieties of Islam FARHAD DAFTARY 4. Islamic law WAEL B. HALLAQ 5. Conversion and the Ahl al-Dhimma David J. Wasserstein 6. Muslims and the natural world Richard Bulliet Part II. Societies, Politics and Economics: 7. Caliphs, kings and regimes Said Arjomand 8. The city and the nomad Hugh Kennedy 9. Rural life and economy Andrew M. Watson 10. Demography and migration Suraiya N. Faroqhi 11. Mechanisms of commerce Warren C. Schultz 12. Women, gender and sexuality Manuela Marin Part III. Arts, Literature and Learning: 13. Education Francis Robinson 14. Philosophy Richard C. Taylor 15. Sciences in Islamic societies Sonja Brentjes with Robert G. Morrison 16. Occult sciences and medicine S. Nomanul Haq 17. Literary and oral cultures Jonathan Bloom 18a. Arabic literature Julia Bray 18b. Persian literature Dick Davis 18c. Turkish literature Cigdem Balim 18d. Urdu literature Shamsur Rahman Faruqi 19. History writing Li Guo 20. Biographical literature Michael Cooperson 21. Art and architecture Marcus Milwright 22. Music Amnon Shiloah 23. Cookery David Waines 24. Muslim accounts of the Dar al-Harb Michael Bonner and Gottfried Hagen.

52 citations

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01 Jan 2007
TL;DR: In this paper, Forbes Manz uses the history of Iran under the Timurid ruler Shahrukh (1409-1447) to analyse the relationship between government and society in the medieval Middle East.
Abstract: Beatrice Forbes Manz uses the history of Iran under the Timurid ruler Shahrukh (1409–1447) to analyse the relationship between government and society in the medieval Middle East. She provides a rich portrait of Iranian society over an exceptionally broad spectrum - the dynasty and its servitors, city elite and provincial rulers, and the religious classes, both ulama' and Sufi. The work addresses two issues central to pre-modern Middle Eastern history: how a government without the monopoly of force controlled a heterogeneous society, and how a society with diffuse power structures remained stable over long periods. Written for an audience of students as well as scholars, this book provides a broad analysis of political dynamics in late medieval Iran and challenges much received wisdom about civil and military power, the relationship of government to society, and the interaction of religious figures with the ruling class.

46 citations