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Counsel for Kings: Wisdom and Politics in Tenth-Century IranVolume I: The Nasihat al-muluk of Pseudo-Mawardi: Contexts and Themes$
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L. Marlow

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780748696901

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696901.001.0001

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Counsel for Kings: Wisdom and Politics in Tenth-Century Iran

L. Marlow

Edinburgh University Press

The Introduction discusses the manuscript of Naṣīḥat al-mulūk and its history, the copyist’s attribution of the mirror for princes to al-Māwardī and the history of this attribution, and the arguments advanced by modern scholars for and against al-Māwardī’s authorship. Drawing on earlier studies, the Introduction takes Naṣīḥat al-mulūk to be a product of tenth-century eastern Iran, and sketches the geographical, cultural and intellectual milieu in which the book seems likely to have been written – a milieu shaped by a cosmopolitan literary culture, and the intellectual outlooks of the philosopher Abū Zayd al-Balkhī and the Muʿtazlite theologian Abū l-Qāsim al-Kaʿbī al Balkhī. The Introduction also discusses the several discourses and genres with which Naṣīḥat al-mulūk interacts.

Keywords:   manuscript, mirror for princes, al-Māwardī, Arabic literary culture, Abū Zayd al-Balkhī, Abū l-Qāsim al-Kaʿbī al Balkhī

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