Articles

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…
Thursday, 11 September 2014

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…
Monday, 08 December 2014

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…
Sunday, 15 March 2015

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…
Tuesday, 19 January 2016

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…
Tuesday, 12 April 2016

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…
Saturday, 25 June 2016

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…
Sunday, 02 October 2016