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Tarikh-i Bayhaqi Book by Abu’l-Fadl Bayhaqi


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The work is more than a history book. Its detailed descriptions and unique style of narration of the historical events has made it similar to a “historical novel” and one of the masterpieces of the Persian literature. The work was written at the Ghaznavid chancellery in order to frame the Turkic-origin Ghaznavid rulers in line with Iranian kings.

  • Book Cover Type: Hardcover
  • Language(s): Persian (Farsi)
  • ISBN: 9789643202439
  • Persian Title: کتاب تاریخ بیهقی اثر ابوالفضل محمد بیهقی

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Abu’l-Fadl Bayhaqi

Abu’l-Faḍl Muḥammad ibn Ḥusayn Bayhaqī (died September 21, 1077), better known as Abu’l-Faḍl Bayhaqi , was a Persian secretary, historian and author. Educated in the major cultural center of Nishapur, and employed at the court of the famous Ghaznavid Sultan Mahmud, Bayhaqi was a highly cultured man, whose magnum opus—the Tarikh-i Bayhaqi, is seen as the most reliable source of valid information about the Ghaznavid era, which was written in an exquisite and vivid Persian prose that would become an ideal model for several eras. Bayhaqi is praised by modern scholars for his frankness, precision, and elegant style in his book, which he had spent 22 years to write, finishing it in thirty volumes, of which however only five volumes and half of the sixth exist today. Julie Scott Meisami places Bayhaqi among the historians of the Islamic Golden Age. Zawzani was not as accomplished in the management of the secretariat as his predecessor had been, and his methods were completely dissimilar. Furthermore, Bayhaqi was often a victim of his bad temper, which made the latter send a secret letter of relinquishment of his responsibility to the Sultan, who, however, heartened Bayhaqi to continue serving in his post, whilst ordering his vizier to inform that Zawzani should behave properly towards Bayhaqi at the secretariat. This he did, however; Mas’ud I died shortly afterwards being deserted by his army after a disastrous defeat against the Seljuq Turks, who then conquered Khorasan. Mas’ud’s death made Zawzani resume his bad treatment of Bayhaqi once more. Bayhaqi experienced several problems after Mas’ud I’s death, probably partly due to his own failings, which he himself often recognizes.


Handling time7 Days
Book Cover TypeHardcover
Suitable forAdults
Language(s)Persian (Farsi)
Weight1255 Grams
AuthorAbu'l-Fadl Bayhaqi
Persian Titleکتاب تاریخ بیهقی اثر ابوالفضل محمد بیهقی
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