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Dastur al-Moluk: A Safavid State Manual By Mirza Rafi Jaberi Ansari

By Mirza Rafi Jaberi Ansari

Mohammad H. Faghfoory, Willem Floor

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Published: 2007
Page #: xxiii + 355
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-56859-195-7, 1-56859-195-0
appendix, bibliography, index, notes

 
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Three so-called manuals of government administration, all written between 1726 and 1731, are the main source for the study of the structure of the royal court and central government of Safavid Iran. The “Tadhkerat al-Moluk,” published in 1943, has served for decades as the pars pro toto, because the other two manuals had not been
published in Persian. The publication of the “Dastur al-Moluk” in 1967 added much to our knowledge. Although it contains much of the same information as the “Tadhkerat al-Moluk,” it also differs in many respects from the latter. Not only does it add significant information to offices already known, but also offers new information on little-known but important court officials and central government bureaucrats. The Persian text of the “Dastur al-Moluk” is not easy to understand, not only because of its complex language, but also because it is unintelligible without adequate knowledge of the government functions as well as the many technical, fiscal, and bureaucratic terms described in it. To aid the reader in understanding this text, an extensive commentary is provided alongside explanations of the various government functions and other terms.

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Mohammad H. Faghfoory

Formerly professor of history at the University of Tehran in Iran, Mohammad H. Faghfoory received his education at the University of Tehran, the University of Illinois-Urbana, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of California-Los Angeles, Islamic Manuscripts Specialist at Princeton University and at the Library of Congress, an adjunct professor of Middle East History at Mary-Washington University in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Currently he is professor of Islamic studies at the George Washington University in Washington D.C. His latest publications include a translation from Persian-Arabic of “Tuhfah-ye 'Abba si : A 17th- Century Text on Sufism,” by Shaykh Muhammad 'Ali Mu'adhdhin Khorasani, and “The First Dutch-Persian Commercial Conflict: The Attack on Qeshm Island 1640,” in collaboration with Dr. Willem Floor.
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Willem Floor

Willem Floor studied development economics, non-western sociology as well as Persian, Arabic and Islamology from 1963-67 at the University of Utrecht. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Leyden in 1971. From 1983-2001 he worked for World Bank as an energy specialist. Currently, he works, writes, conducts research and gives lectures as an independent scholar. His most recent books include: “Agriculture in Qajar Iran,” (Washington DC: Mage, 2003), “Traditional Crafts in Qajar Iran,” (Costa Mesa: Mazda Publishers, Inc., 2003); “Public Health in Qajar Iran,” (Washington DC: Mage, 2004), “The History of Theater in Iran,” (Washington DC: Mage, 2005); “Wall Paintings and other Figurative Mural Art in Qajar Iran,” (Costa Mesa: Mazda Publishers, Inc., 2005); “The Persian Gulf 1500-1730,” (Washington DC: Mage, 2006), “The Dastur al-Moluk: Translation and Commentary,” (Costa Mesa: Mazda Publishers, Inc., 2007); “The Import of Textiles in Qajar Iran, (Costa Mesa: Mazda Publishers, Inc., 2007—forthcoming) and “The Travels of Gmelin in Northern Persian 1770-1774,” [translation] (Washington, DC: Mage—forthcoming, 2007).

Preface ix
Introduction xi
By Willem Floor

Author’s Invocation xxi

CHAPTER 1
On the Shari‘ah Authorities 1

CHAPTER 2
On the Great Amirs Titled ‘alijah 11

CHAPTER 3
On Those Titled moqarrab al-khaqan
and ‘alijah 43

CHAPTER 4
On Officials, Who Are Not moqarrab al-khaqan and moqarrab al-hazrat 65

CHAPTER 5
On Those Officials Who are moqarrab al-hazrat 80

CHAPTER 6
On the Duties of the Heads of the Royal Secretariat
and so forth [such as] Divisional Chiefs, Viziers,
and the Like 99
CHAPTER 7
The Function and Fees of the Secretaries of
the Royal Secretariat 130

COMMENTARY

Commentary I
The ishik aghasi-bashi-ye divan-e a‘la or the Master of Ceremonies of the Royal Court 140
Commentary II
The ishik aghasi-bashi of the Haram 171
Commentary III
Leading Functions Held by Eunuchs 175
Commentary IV
The Master of the Royal Hunt (amir shekar-bashi) 185
Commentary V
The Studs and Stables 199
Commentary VI
The nazer-e boyutat, the High Steward of
the Royal Court 210
Commentary VII
Medical, Astrological, Esthetical and Bodily Care 241
Commentary VIII
The Mint (Dar al-Zarb) 247
Commentary IX
The Palace Food Complex 255
Commentary X
Library and Painting Departments 275
Commentary XI
The Carpet Spreading and Tent-pitching Department (farrash-khanah) 299
Commentary XII
The Music and Dance Department 308
Index 329

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