Sunday, 02 October 2016 04:49
 

The Ghaznavid Dynasty in Light of the Iranian Kingdom and the Abbasid Caliphate

 From the earliest days of the Abbasid revolt against the Umayyads (661-750) the Iranians strove actively to find a way to political independence. With an ideal picture of the Iranian pre-Islamic Empires in mind, the Iranians chose to establish their unique political structures in their own territories. Local dynasties of…
Saturday, 25 June 2016 22:17
 

Moʾayyed Ay-Aba, a Slave of the Saljuqid King

 MOʾAYYED AY-ABA, (مؤید آیبه) or Malek Ay-Aba (r. 1168-74), a slave (ḡolām) of the Saljuqid king, Sultan Sanjar (r. 1197-1218), who ruled in Nišāpur (r. 1168-74) in his name.  The record about Moʾayyed’s career is mainly associated with the Ḡozz attack on Khorasan, which was a pivotal event in the…
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 00:46
 

Roy Mottahedeh’s Contributions to the History of Medieval Iran

Dr. Roy Parviz Mottahedeh is the Professor of History at Harvard University. He defended his Ph.D. dissertation on the Buyid administration under the supervision of Hamilton Gibb and Richard Frye at Harvard in 1970. He has taught many courses on the history of medieval and modern Middle East from which…
Tuesday, 19 January 2016 06:43
 

Mongol Invasion of Iran and Concepts of Warfare and Destiny in Historians’ Viewpoints

Abstract  The article addresses particular insights of the Iranian medieval historians with respect to the Mongol invasion. The insights of Nasawi Khorandezi (d.6471249) and Ata Malek Juvayni (623-681/1226-1283), two outstanding historians that served in the courts of forces on both sides (Khwarazshah and Mongols) examined to clarify their understanding about…
Sunday, 15 March 2015 08:28
 

Military Organization under the Buyids in Bosworth's Scholarly Research

  Prof. Clifford Edmund Bosworth (1928-2015) was an English historian and orientalist, specializing in Arabic and Iranian studies. He received his BA in history from Oxford University and MA and Ph.D. in the same field from Edinburgh University. Prof. Bosworth was a long-standing member of the BIPS Governing Council and…
Monday, 08 December 2014 02:21
 

Let’s Define the Iranian Medieval Times

Medieval times which are the subject of study in this website seems to be an ambiguous concept. To define medieval times, we should have specific criteria to determine its boundaries with the ancient and contemporary time. Comparative studies are one of the basic methods via which we can define medieval…
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:43
 

Jama’ al-Tawarikh of Rashid al-Din Hamedani, A Masterpiece of Iranian Painting

  Features folios from the Jami’ al-Tawarikh (or “World History”) of Rashid al-Din (1247-1318) is one of the most important illustrated medieval manuscripts to have survived from either East or West. The author, Rashid al-Din, was a physician and court historian to the Il-khanid court. Born about 1247 AD into a Jewish family,…

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