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Authority and Identity in Medieval Islamic Historiography

Persian Histories from the Peripheries

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Intriguing dreams, improbable myths, fanciful genealogies, and suspect etymologies. These were all key elements of the historical texts composed by scholars and bureaucrats on the peripheries of Islamic empires between the tenth and fifteenth centuries. But how are historians to interpret such narratives? And what can these more literary histories tell us about the people who wrote them and the times in which they lived? In this book, Mimi Hanaoka offers an innovative, interdisciplinary method of approaching these sorts of local histories from the Persianate world. By paying attention to the purpose and intention behind a text's creation, her book highlights the preoccupation with authority to rule and legitimacy within disparate regional, provincial, ethnic, sectarian, ideological and professional communities. By reading these texts in such a way, Hanaoka transforms the literary patterns of these fantastic histories into rich sources of information about identity, rhetoric, authority, legitimacy, and centre-periphery relations.

Product code: 9781107565838

ISBN 9781107565838
Dimensions H228xW152xS17
No. of pages 319
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Series Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization
Mimi Hanaoka offers an innovative interdisciplinary approach to the literary aspects of local histories from the Persianate world between the tenth and fifteenth centuries. She highlights the preoccupation with authority to rule and legitimacy within disparate regional, provincial, ethnic, sectarian, ideological, and professional communities.