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Yasir Suleiman and Adel Al-Abdul Jader

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748637386

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637386.001.0001

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Qashani and Rashid al-Din on the Seljuqs of Iran

Qashani and Rashid al-Din on the Seljuqs of Iran

(p.166) 11. Qashani and Rashid al-Din on the Seljuqs of Iran
Living Islamic History

Alexander H. Morton

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses the importance of comparing primary sources in reconstructuring historical events, genealogies and other historical facts. This micro-level analysis of data is important for the academic integrity of historical inquiry, in spite of the fact that this mode of conducting historical research is out of fashion in the academy. In the chapter, the focus is on Rashid al-Din and Abu al-Qasim Qashani’s work on the Seljuqs of Iran. Before examining these two historians, the chapter first examines Zahir al-Din’s Saljuqnama.

Keywords:   primary sources, reconstructuring historical events, Rashid al-Din, al-Qasim Qashani, Seljuqs of Iran, Zahir al-Din, Saljuqnama

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