Timurids in Transition: Turko-Persian Politics and Acculturation in Medieval Iran, Volume 7

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BRILL, 2007 - History - 411 pages
How did the the descendants of Tamerlane, collectively known as the Timurids, make the transition from a nomadic empire to a sedentary polity based on the Perso-Islamic model, and what effect did the process of transition have on their Turko-Mongolian customs and identity? This volume seeks to answer these questions by utilizing the Weberian concepts of the "routinization" of charismatic authority and the patrimonial household state. Focusing on the period of the last Timurid ruler, Sul n-?usain Bayqara (1469-1506), the author examines the impact of the introduction of Persian modes of bureaucratic administration on the evolution of Timurid government and describes the development of the agrarian economy of the eastern Iranian province of Khorasan through the Islamic institution of the pious endowment. Based on an exceptionally broad range of sources in Persian, Arabic, and Turkic languages, the book provides a new paradigm for understanding the Timurids within the framework of post-Mongol history and offers fresh insights into Turko-Persian relations and the problem of acculturation in medieval Iran.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
THE TIMURID PATRIMONIAL HOUSEHOLD STATE
11
THE CAREER OF SULTANHUSAIN BAYQARA
43
CENTRALIZING REFORMS AND THEIR OPPONENTS
74
KHORASAN AND THE AGRICULTURAL IMPERATIVE
103
THE ROLE OF THE ISLAMIC ENDOWMENT
148
THE TIMURID SHRINE AS A VEHICLE FOR AGROMANAGEMENT
192
Conclusion
229
Appendix One SURVEY OF ENDOWMENT DEEDS FROM THE TIMURID PERIOD
235
THE VAQFIYYA OF AFAQ BEGIM WIFE OF SULTANHUSAIN BAYQARA FOR HER MAUSOLEUM IN HERAT
257
Appendix Three AN EDICT OF SULTANABU SAID CONCERNING THE GULISTAN DAM AT MASHHAD
349
Appendix Four A DIPLOMA OF APPOINTMENT ISSUED BY SULTANHUSAIN FOR THE SUPERVISOR OF THE ALID SHRINE DEVELOPME...
351
Appendix Five BILLS OF PURCHASE AND SALE RELATING TO THE PRIVATIZATION OF STATE LAND IN THE BALKH REGION BY SUL...
353
Bibliography
361
Index
391
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Maria E. Subtelny, PhD (1979) in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University, is Professor of Persian and Islamic Studies at the University of Toronto. She has published extensively on the Timurids and on medieval Iranian and Central Asian cultural history. Her book Le monde est un jardin: Aspects de l'histoire culturelle de l'Iran mdival (Paris, 2002) received the Saidi–Sirjani Book Award.

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