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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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The Afflictions of the Kingdom and their Remedies

The Afflictions of the Kingdom and their Remedies

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(p.191) 7 The Afflictions of the Kingdom and their Remedies
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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/9780748696901.003.0008

This chapter presents the third chapter of Naṣīḥat al-mulūk, in which Pseudo-Māwardī analyses factors that lead to the ruin of kingdoms and the loss of royal legitimacy and power, and prescribes measures to prevent such developments. The chapter offers translations of this section with references to ʿAhd Ardashīr, an Arabic text of Sasanian derivation that informed Pseudo-Māwardī’s understanding of the relationship between sovereignty and religion. The chapter relates Pseudo-Māwardī’s exposition to conditions in the Samanid domains in the early tenth century and suggests the possible meanings for his audience of his references to dissent, corruption and the activities of viziers. It further relates this section of Naṣīḥat al-mulūk, in which Pseudo-Māwardī stresses the importance of rationality, to contemporary and near-contemporary writings.

Keywords:   ʿAhd Ardashīr, sovereignty, religion, dissent, corruption, vizier, royal legitimacy, rationality

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