Post-classical history

The Ornament of Histories: A History of the Eastern Islamic Lands AD 650-1041

The Ornament of Histories: A History of the Eastern Islamic Lands AD 650-1041

Abu Sa'id 'Abd al-Hayy Gardizi was an author and historian living in the mid-eleventh century at the height of the Turkish Ghazvanid dynasty. His only known work, "The Ornament of Histories" ("Zayn al-akhbir"), is a hugely ambitious history of the Eastern Islamic lands AD 650-1041, spanning what is now Eastern Iran, Afghanistan and parts of the Central Asian Republics and Indo-Pakistan subcontinent. Gardizi's text is an extremely rare source of primary information about the rise of Islamic faith, culture and military dominance in these regions, and represents a significant contribution to our understanding of the early Islamic world. This is the first English translation of the original Persian text, and is accompanied by an introduction and commentary which details the historical, geographical and cultural context.

Introduction

Translation of the Text

Part One: The Arab Governors

Part Two: The Tahirids and Saffarids

Part Three: The Samanids

Part Four: The Early Ghaznavids

Notes

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