9780874806434

Historical Writing During the Reign of Shah 'Abbas : Ideology, Imitation and Legitimacy in Safavid Chronicles

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    9780874806434

  • ISBN10:

    0874806437

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-08-02
  • Publisher: Univ of Utah Pr
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Summary

How was history written during the reign of Shah 'Abbas I (r. 1587-1629)? The question is critical for advancing current understanding of an important period in Iranian and Islamic history, since court chronicles are the chief sources for interpretation of all social, cultural, and political elements of the Safavid Period.

Sholeh Quinn demonstrates that far from composing arbitrary and haphazard compositions, the court historians adhered to specific conventions and methodologies in their texts. In the course of unveiling these Safavid historiographic conventions, Quinn also shows that thc chronicles could be highly imitative. When narrating the past, for instance, Safavid historians usually chose one model that they repeated, often word-for-word, while introducing specific changes to make the earlier text reflect changing notions of political legitimacy and to establish Safavid connections to earlier dynasties.

Because these techniques were not unique to the Safavids, this study has implications for many other periods of Iranian history, and provides a new

Table of Contents

Transliteration and Dates viii
Abbreviations ix
Preface xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Part 1. The Writing of History
Introduction
3(10)
The Chronicles of Shah `Abbas
13(50)
Part 2. Imitative Writing in Safavid Chronicles: Ideology and Legitimacy
The Historiography of Safavid Prefaces
63(1)
The Historiography of Safavid Origins
63(32)
Part 3. Nonimitative Writing in Safavid Chronicles: Ideology and Legitimacy in the Episode of Ya`qub Khan
Shah `Abbas and Ya`qub Khan Zu'l Qadr
95(32)
Part 4. Comparisons and Conclusions
The Legacy of Safavid Historiography
127(14)
Conclusions
141(14)
Appendices
1. Annotations to Bregel/Storey Manuscript Lists
145(4)
2. Accounts of Shaykh Safi's Dreams
149(6)
Notes 155(24)
Bibliography 179(12)
Index 191

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