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AN EMBLEMATIC FAMILY OF SELJUQ IRAN: THE KHUJANDĪS OF ISFAHAN

David Durand-Guédy

in The Seljuqs

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780748639946
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653294 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639946.003.0010
AN EMBLEMATIC FAMILY OF SELJUQ IRAN: THE KHUJANDĪS OF ISFAHAN

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The Khujandīs of Isfahan, a family of Shāfi،ī ،ulamā، constituted the leading family during the Seljuq period until the Mongol invasion. From the end of the fifth/eleventh century, the Khujandīs headed the local Nizāmiyya madrasa, in addition, they were also hereditary holders of the city's main office, the riyasa. The duration of their influence, the extent of their network and their capacity for political action was unequalled in Seljuq-controlled territory. As the leading family in the greatest city of western Iran, the Khujandīs appear recurrently in the sources of the period. However, they are often overlooked in Western historiography. The studies devoted to them are often inaccurate and incomplete. This chapter aims to make a non-chronological presentation or a prosopographical reconstruction of the Khujandīs history. It seeks to provide a general overview of how the history of the Khujandīs is representative of the developments in Iranian society under Seljuq rule, the relationship between Iranian elites and the Turkish lords, the increasing militarization of the society and the intensification of religious struggles.

Keywords: Khujandīs of Isfahan; Shāfi،ī ،ulamā،; Iranian society; Seljuq rule; Iranian elites; militarization

Chapter.  9924 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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