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Power, Politics and Religion in Timurid Iran

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization

  • Date Published: June 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521153461

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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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    "This book is a deeply learned study of the government and society of Eastern Iran and Central Asia under Shahrukh (1409-1447), the son and successor of Tamerlane....This admirably researched book explores the historically events in exhaustive detail and provides rich anecdotal material about the policies and careers of the Timurid elites..." - Ira M. Lapidus, University of California Berkeley, Journal of Interdisciplinary History

    "Beatrice Manz has become one of the premier scholars of Timurid Central Asia, and this book solidifies that well-earned reputation." - Canadian Journal of History

    "Manz has minded all available sources, which are 'fragmentary, repetitious and tendentious' ...with consummate skill. The result is a book that is essential reading for all students of medieval and early modern Islamic societies." - International Journal of Middle East Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521153461
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of maps
    Family tree of major Timurid princes
    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

  • Author

    Beatrice Forbes Manz, Tufts University, Massachusetts

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