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The History of the Saffarids of Sistan and the Maliks of Nimruz (247/861 to 949/1542-3)

Availability: Forthcoming
Published: 2024
Page #: xvi + 520
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-56859-015-8
bibliography, index, notes

Quick Overview

Sistan, a land now on the borders of Afghanistan and Iran, was ruled in the 9th and 10th centuries by the Saffarids, a dynasty of freebooters of lowly origin who carved out a kingdom from eastern Iranian lands that the declining Abbasid caliphate could no longer hold. Ya'qub, the coppersmith, and his brother `Amr, founders of the dynasty, rose from humble origins to conquer great stretches of Khorasan and southern Iran, only to each face defeat in turn. The writer, traces the history of this dynasty and the little known province of Sistan that was their homeland from their rise in the 10th century down through a series of local dynasties into the early 16th century. A masterwork by a historian who has clarified the obscure and tangled history of the eastern Iranian lands in the middle Ages.



Reprinted in paperback edition in 2024.

author

C. Edmund Bosworth

Clifford Edmund Bosworth (1928 - 2015) was an English historian and orientalist, specializing in Arabic studies. He received his B.A. degree from Oxford University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Edinburgh University. He held permanent posts at St. Andrews University, Manchester University, and Center for the Humanities at Princeton University. He is the author of about 100 articles in academic journals and composite volumes. His other contributions include nearly 200 articles in the Encyclopaedia of Islam and some 100 articles in the Encyclopedia Iranica, as well as articles for Encyclopædia Britannica and Encyclopedia Americana. Professor Bosworth was a Fellow of the British Academy. 

Maps and Genealogical Tables
Foreword
Preface and Acknowledgements
Note on Presentation
Abbreviations

Part 1. The Saffarids of Sistan

Chapter I. The Significance of the Saffarids in Islamic History and Sources for the History of the Dynasty

Chapter II. Sistan: the Land and Its Early History

Chapter III. The Career and Reign of Ya'qub b. al-Layth (247-65/861-79) and the Establishment of the "First Line" of Saffarids

Chapter IV. The Career and Reign of 'Amr b. al-Layth (265-87/879-900)

Chapter V. 'Amr's Successors and the End of the "First Line" of Saffiirids, or the Laythids (287-97/900- 11)


Chapter VI. The "Second Line" of Saffarids, or the Khalafids
(297-393/911-1002)

Chapter VII. The Organisation and Administration of the Saffarid Empire

Part 2. The Maliks of Nimruz

Chapter VIII. Sistan Under Outside Domination, and the Emergence of the "Third Line" of Rulers in Sistan, or the Narids (421-622/1030-1225)

Chapter IX. The Mihrabanids or "Fourth Line" of Rulers in Sistan
(633/1236 to 949/1542-3)

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Index

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