The Mongols in Iran: Qutb Al-Din Shirazi's Akhbar-i Moghulan [Hardback]

George Lane (Author)

ISBN: 9781138500525 | Published by: Routledge | Series: Routledge Studies in the History of Iran and Turkey | Year of Publication: 2018 | Language: English 142p, 12 Halftones, black and white; 12 Illustrations, black and white

The Mongols in Iran: Qutb Al-Din Shirazi's Akhbar-i Moghulan


The polymath, Qutb al-Din Shirazi, operated at the heart of the Ilkhanate state (1258-1335) from its inception under Hulegu. He worked alongside the scientist and political adviser, Nasir al-Din Tusi, who had the ear of the Ilkhans and all their chief ministers. The Mongols in Iran provides an annotated, paraphrased translation of a thirteenth century historical chronicle penned, though not necessarily authored, by Qutb al-Din Shirazi. This chronicle, a patchwork of anecdotes, detailed accounts, diary entries and observations, comprises the notes and drafts of a larger, unknown, and probably lost historical work. It is specific, factual, and devoid of the rhetorical hyperbole and verbal arabesques so beloved of other writers of the period. It outlines the early years of the Chinggisid empire, recounts the rule of Hulegu Khan and his son Abaqa, and finally, details the travails and ultimate demise and death of Abaqa's brother and would be successor, Ahmad Tegudar. Shirazi paints the Mongol khans in a positive light and opens his chronicle with a portrait of Chinggis Khan in almost hallowed terms.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Preface Introduction: The Akhbar-i-Moghulan dar Anbaneh ye Qutb by Qutb al-Din Mahmud ibn Mascud Shirazi A Straight Translation: The Akhbar-i-Moghulan dar Anbaneh-ye Qutb An Annotated Translation: The Akhbar-i-Moghulan dar Anbaneh-ye Qutb Personages Bibliography

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