The History of Bukhara

The History of Bukhara


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Al-Narshakhi’s The History of Bukhara is unusual among histories of Middle Eastern cities because it provides a broad and perceptive overview of urban life of the time, as opposed to the standard biographies of religious leaders. Richard Frye’s translation from the Persian presents an engaging, readable narrative that recreates the lively intellectual and commercial life of this vibrant ancient city. In the tenth century, Bukhara was a cultural center that rivaled Baghdad, and was known as “the dome of learning in the East.” It was a dynamic metropolis, capital of the semi-independent dynasty that ruled most of present-day Iran and Central Asia. It was in Bukhara that the so-called Persian Renaissance began, with its far-reaching literary implications. Al-Narshakhi portrays not only rulers, but also everyday life in cities and villages. This primary source affords insights into life in Eastern Iran and Central Asia during a period of change in the Islamic world.

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ISBN-13: 9781558764194
Publisher: Wiener, Markus Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/09/2012
Pages: 196
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.45(d)

Table of Contents



The Book

The Time

The Translation

The History of Bukhara


Appendix I:

The Name and Antiquity of Burkhart

Appendix II

What Arabic and Persian Sources Tell Us About the Structure of Tenth-Century Bukhara

Heinz Gaube

Appendix III

The Size of Samanid Burkhart: A Note on the Settlement Patterns in Early Islamic Mawarannahr

Aleksandr Naymark



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