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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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A Liminal Setting: The Location of Naṣīḥat al-mulūk

A Liminal Setting: The Location of Naṣīḥat al-mulūk

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(p.62) 2 A Liminal Setting: The Location of Naṣīḥat al-mulūk
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Counsel for Kings: Wisdom and Politics in Tenth-Century Iran
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L. Marlow

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696901.003.0003

This chapter situates Naṣīḥat al-mulūk’s first composition in the geographical-cultural context of the Samanid domains. It discusses late ninth- and tenth-century conditions in the regions of Transoxiana (location of the Samanid capital Bukhara), Khurasan and Tukharistan. On the basis of contextual factors, such as the establishment of Persian as a lingua franca and the region’s Buddhist heritage, and the cultural, linguistic and geographical indications contained in the text, the chapter argues for Naṣīḥat al-mulūk’s likely provenance in Tukharistan, and more specifically Balkh, close to the Oxus River. It also explores the (somewhat less likely) possibility of the mirror’s composition in Samarqand.

Keywords:   Buddhism, Persian, Samarqand, Balkh

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