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Routledge Studies in the History of Iran and Turkey


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The Mongols in Iran: Qutb Al-Din Shirazi's Akhbar-i Moghulan

The Mongols in Iran: Qutb Al-Din Shirazi's Akhbar-i Moghulan

1st Edition

George Lane
May 01, 2018

The polymath, Qutb al-Dīn Shīrāzī, operated at the heart of the Ilkhanate state (1258–1335) from its inception under Hulegu. He worked alongside the scientist and political adviser, Nasir al-Dīn Ṭūsī, who had the ear of the Ilkhans and all their chief ministers. The Mongols in Iran provides an...

Turkish Language, Literature, and History: Travelers' Tales, Sultans, and Scholars Since the Eighth Century

Turkish Language, Literature, and History: Travelers' Tales, Sultans, and Scholars Since the Eighth Century

1st Edition

Bill Hickman, Gary Leiser
December 06, 2017

The twenty two essays collected in Turkish Language, Literature and History offer insights into Turkish culture in the widest sense. Written by leaders in their fields from North America, Europe and Turkey, these essays cover a broad range of topics, focusing on various aspects of Turkish language,...

The Rum Seljuqs: Evolution of a Dynasty

The Rum Seljuqs: Evolution of a Dynasty

1st Edition

Songul Mecit
November 08, 2016

Charting the expansion of the Rum Seljuqs from rulers of a small principality to a fully- fledged sultanate ruling over almost the whole of Anatolia, this book demonstrates how ideology, rather than military success, was crucial in this development. The Rum Seljuqs examines four distinct phases of...

Zengi and the Muslim Response to the Crusades: The politics of Jihad

Zengi and the Muslim Response to the Crusades: The politics of Jihad

1st Edition

Taef El-Azhari
April 05, 2016

Zengi gained his legacy as the precursor to Saladin. While Zengi captured Edessa, Saladin would capture Jerusalem, and both leaders fought to establish their own realms. However, Zengi cannot be fully understood without an examination of his other policies and warfare and an appreciation of his...

The Turkic Peoples in Medieval Arabic Writings

The Turkic Peoples in Medieval Arabic Writings

1st Edition

Yehoshua Frenkel
December 12, 2014

Translating a collection of the most important descriptions of the Turks found in medieval Arabic texts into English, this book aims at delineating the coming of the Turkic people in the eleventh century, their military successes in Iran and Iraq, and the emergence of the sultanate. The book...

The History of the Seljuq State: A Translation with Commentary of the Akhbar al-dawla al-saljuqiyya

The History of the Seljuq State: A Translation with Commentary of the Akhbar al-dawla al-saljuqiyya

1st Edition

Clifford Edmund Bosworth
March 10, 2014

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...

The Ghaznavid and Seljuk Turks: Poetry as a Source for Iranian History

The Ghaznavid and Seljuk Turks: Poetry as a Source for Iranian History

1st Edition

G.E. Tetley
February 27, 2014

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...

The Great Seljuqs: A History

The Great Seljuqs: A History

1st Edition

Osman Aziz Basan
February 27, 2014

This book provides a broad history of the Seljuq Turks from their origins and early conquests in the 10th century, through the rise of empire, until its dissolution at the end of the 12th. Where the history of the Seljuqs is usually studied in the context of medieval Persian, Arabic or Islamic...

Early Seljuq History: A New Interpretation

Early Seljuq History: A New Interpretation

1st Edition

A.C.S. Peacock
December 16, 2013

This book investigates the early history of the Seljuq Turks, founders of one of the most important empires of the mediaeval Islamic world, from their origins in the Eurasian steppe to their conquest of Iran, Iraq and Anatolia. The first work available in a western language on this important...

Iranian Elites and Turkish Rulers: A History of Isfahan in the Saljuq Period

Iranian Elites and Turkish Rulers: A History of Isfahan in the Saljuq Period

1st Edition

David Durand-Guedy
March 28, 2013

The Saljuq period of the eleventh and twelfth centuries saw the arrival in Iran of Türkmen nomads from Central Asia and the beginning of Turkish rule. Through the example of the city of Isfahan, the book analyses the internal evolution of Iranian society in this period and the interaction of the...

The History of the Seljuq Turks: The Saljuq-nama of Zahir al-Din Nishpuri

The History of the Seljuq Turks: The Saljuq-nama of Zahir al-Din Nishpuri

1st Edition

Edmund Bosworth
June 01, 2010

Nishapuri flourished in the 12th century and wrote a succinct history in Persian of the Saljuq Turks, a tribal group from Central Asia who in the 11th century established a vast empire, enduring for some century and a half and bringing about lasting changes to the ethnic composition and the...

The Annals of the Saljuq Turks: Selections from al-Kamil fi'l-Ta'rikh of Ibn al-Athir

The Annals of the Saljuq Turks: Selections from al-Kamil fi'l-Ta'rikh of Ibn al-Athir

1st Edition

D.S. Richards
June 01, 2010

Ibn al-Athir, who died in the 13th century, is one of the most important historians of Islam. His major chronicle, the Kamil fi'l-Ta'rikh, is one of the greatest achievements of Muslim historiography for the range and comprehensiveness of the sources it assembled and for its narrative, covering the...

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