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- DescriptionAbu'l-Fazl Beyhaqi, a secretary at the court of a number of Ghaznavid rulers in eastern Iran and Afghanistan in the early Middle Ages, is a most perceptive, as well as intriguing, commentator on the history of the Islamic Near East. The surviving volumes of his massive project, dealing in depth with the years 1030--1041, combine astute criticism and wry humor with an ubtrusive display of mastery of the learned literature of the time, both in Arabic and Persian. Through a skillful manipulation of different styles, and timely introduction of the authorial voice as a framing device to bring a sense of heightened drama, the historian comments on mankind's individual frailties and the many lost opportunities that hasten a mighty dynasty's decline. Although there are already a number of articles and mographs in English and other Western languages on aspects of his style and historical approach, this is the first complete translation of the extant volumes with a detailed commentary.
- Author BiographyC. E. Bosworth is former Professor of Arabic at the University of Manchester. Mohsen Ashtiany is a research scholar at Columbia University.
- Author(s)Abu'l-Fazl Beyhaqi
- PublisherHarvard University, Center for Hellenic Studies
- Date of Publication01/11/2011
- SubjectRegional History
- Series TitleIlex Series
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintHarvard University, Center for Hellenic Studies
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight816 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine33 mm
- Revised byMohsen Ashtiany
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