Power, Politics and Religion in Timurid Iran

Power, Politics and Religion in Timurid Iran

by Beatrice Forbes Manz
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521865476

ISBN-13: 9780521865470

Pub. Date: 12/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Beatrice Forbes Manz uses the history of Iran under the Timurid ruler Shahrukh (1409-47) to analyze 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 elites and provincial rulers, and the religious classes, both ulama

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Beatrice Forbes Manz uses the history of Iran under the Timurid ruler Shahrukh (1409-47) to analyze 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 elites 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 the first 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521865470
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization Series
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

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Table of Contents


List of maps     x
Preface     xi
Chronology     xiii
Family tree of major Timurid princes     xviii
Introduction     1
The formation of the Timurid state under Shahrukh     13
Issues of sources and historiography     49
Shahrukh's diwan and its personnel     79
Political and military resources of Iran     111
Timurid rule in southern and central Iran     146
Political dynamics in the realm of the supernatural     178
The dynasty and the politics of the religious classes     208
The rebellion of Sultan Muhammad b. Baysunghur and the struggle over succession     245
Conclusion     276
Bibliography     284
Index     296

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