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The 'History of the Kings of the Persians' in Three Arabic Chronicles

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The 'History of the Kings of the Persians' in Three Arabic Chronicles

The Transmission of the Iranian Past from Late Antiquity to Early Islam

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This book translates the sections on pre-Islamic Persia in three Muslim Arabic chronicles, those of Ahmad al-Ya`qubi (d. ca. 910), `Ali al-Mas`udi (d. ca. 960) and Hamza al-Isfahani (d. ca. 960s). Their accounts, like those of many other Muslim historians on this topic, draw on texts that were composed in the period 750-850 bearing the title `The History of the Kings of the Persians'. These works served a growing audience of well-to-do Muslim bureaucrats and scholars of Persian ancestry, who were interested in their heritage and wished to make it part of the historical outlook of the new civilization that was emerging in the Middle East, namely Islamic civilization. This book explores the question of how knowledge about ancient Iran was transmitted to Muslim historians, in what forms it circulated and how it was shaped and refashioned for the new Perso-Muslim elite that served the early Abbasid caliphs in Baghdad, a city that was built only a short distance away from the old Persian capital of Seleucia-Ctesiphon.

Author Biography

Robert G. Hoyland is Professor of Late Antique and Early Islamic Middle East History at the Institute for Study of the Ancient World of New York University. Previous publications include 'Theophilus of Edessa's Chronicle and the Circulation of Historical Knowledge in Late Antiquity and Early Islam' (LUP, 2011).
Release date NZ
July 4th, 2018
Contributor
Translated by Robert G. Hoyland
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
3 Maps
Imprint
Liverpool University Press
Pages
200
ISBN-13
9781786941473
Product ID
27875937

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