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Power, Politics and Religion in Timurid Iran

Power, Politics and Religion in Timurid Iran

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization

  • Date Published: March 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521865470

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  • Beatrice Forbes Manz uses the history of Iran under the Timurid ruler Shahrukh (1409–1447) to analyse the relationship between government and society in the medieval Middle East. She provides a rich portrait of Iranian society over an exceptionally broad spectrum - the dynasty and its servitors, city elite and provincial rulers, and the religious classes, both ulama' and Sufi. The work addresses two issues central to pre-modern Middle Eastern history: how a government without the monopoly of force controlled a heterogeneous society, and how a society with diffuse power structures remained stable over long periods. Written for an audience of students as well as scholars, this book provides a broad analysis of political dynamics in late medieval Iran and challenges much received wisdom about civil and military power, the relationship of government to society, and the interaction of religious figures with the ruling class.

    • A groundbreaking history of Iran in the early fifteenth century
    • Includes a chronology of all major events of the period
    • Will appeal to scholars in Middle Eastern, Central Asian and Islamic history
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    Review of the hardback: 'She provides a rich portrait of Iranian society over an exceptionally broad spectrum … this book provides the first broad analysis of political dynamics in late medical Iran and challenges much received wisdom about civil and military power, the relationship of government to society, and the interaction of religious figures with the ruling class.' Middle East

    'One can only congratulate B. Manz for this admirable and scrupulous research, which closely examines varied categories of source in order to follow the strategies implemented by the power, by social groups, and by individuals. This monograph, no doubt, will mark a milestone in the development of Timurid studies.' Central Eurasian Reader

    'Manz focuses … on prominent individuals, on their careers and their networks of connections, to bring fresh light on the workings of medieval society and its interactions with the government.'. The Journal of Speculum

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    • Date Published: March 2007
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521865470
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 233 x 160 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of maps
    Preface
    Chronology
    Family tree of major Timurid princes
    Introduction
    1. The formation of the Timurid State under Shahrukh
    2. Issues of sources and historiography
    3. Shahrukh's Dīwān and its personnel
    4. Political and military resources of Iran
    5. Timurid rule in southern and central Iran
    6. Political dynamics in the realm of the supernatural
    7. The dynasty and the politics of the religious classes
    8. The rebellion of Sultan Muhammad b. Baysunghur and the struggle over succession
    Conclusion
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Beatrice Forbes Manz, Tufts University, Massachusetts

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