Qashani and Rashid al-Din on the Seljuqs of Iran

Alexander H. Morton

in Living Islamic History

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780748637386
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653218 | DOI:
Qashani and Rashid al-Din on the Seljuqs of Iran

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This chapter discusses the importance of comparing primary sources in reconstructuring historical events, genealogies and other historical facts. This micro-level analysis of data is important for the academic integrity of historical inquiry, in spite of the fact that this mode of conducting historical research is out of fashion in the academy. In the chapter, the focus is on Rashid al-Din and Abu al-Qasim Qashani’s work on the Seljuqs of Iran. Before examining these two historians, the chapter first examines Zahir al-Din’s Saljuqnama.

Keywords: primary sources; reconstructuring historical events; Rashid al-Din; al-Qasim Qashani; Seljuqs of Iran; Zahir al-Din; Saljuqnama

Chapter.  5900 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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