ReOrienting the Sasanians: East Iran in Late Antiquity

ReOrienting the Sasanians: East Iran in Late Antiquity

by Khodadad Rezakhani

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Overview

Central Asia is commonly imagined as the marginal land on the periphery of Chinese and Middle Eastern civilisations. At best, it is understood as a series of disconnected areas that served as stop-overs along the Silk Road. However, in the mediaeval period, this region rose to prominence and importance as one of the centres of Persian-Islamic culture, from the Seljuks to the Mongols and Timur. Khodadad Rezakhani tells the back story of this rise to prominence, the story of the famed Kushans and mysterious 'Asian Huns', and their role in shaping both the Sasanian Empire and the rest of the Middle East.Contextualises Persian history in relation to the history of Central Asia . Extends the concept of late antiquity further east than is usually done . Surveys the history of Iran and Central Asia between 200 and 800 CE and contextualises the rise of Islam in both regions .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781474437783
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 09/01/2018
Series: Edinburgh Studies in Ancient Persia Series
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 996,132
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Khodadad Rezakhani is a Humboldt Stiftung Fellow at the Institut für Iranistik, Freie Universität Berlin.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Series Editor's Preface
Maps
Preface
Introduction
1 Sasanians and the Sistanis
2 Kushans and the Sasanians
3 Kushano-Sasanians in East Iran
4 Iranian Huns and the Kidarites
5 Alkhans in Southern Hindukush
6 The Hephthalite "Empire" and its Successors
7 Sogdiana in the Kidarite and Hephthalite Periods
8 The Nezak and the Turk Periods
9 Tokharestan and Sogdiana in the Late Sasanian Period
10 General Conclusions and Post-Script
11 Epilogue and Excursus on the Shahnameh
Bibliography
Index

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