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Counsel for Kings: Wisdom and Politics in Tenth-Century Iran
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Counsel for Kings: Wisdom and Politics in Tenth-Century Iran: Volume I: The Nasihat al-muluk of Pseudo-Mawardi: Contexts and Themes

L. Marlow


This two-volume work represents a textual and contextual study of an early Arabic mirror for princes, the book known as Naṣīḥat al-mulūk (‘Counsel for Kings’) and attributed to the jurist and polymath Abū l-Ḥasan al-Māwardī (d. 450/1058). Following earlier studies, Wisdom and Politics in Tenth-Century Iran finds the Arabic mirror’s traditional ascription to al-Māwardī to be unlikely, and proposes instead an early tenth-century dating, and an eastern Iran setting. On this assumption, Wisdom and Politics interprets the mirror as a product of and reflection on the political culture and social and ... More

Keywords: mirror for princes, Samanids, Balkh, political culture, counsel, kingship, social groups, religious diversity, heterodoxy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780748696901
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696901.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

L. Marlow, author
Wellesley College