The History of Beyhaqi

The History of Beyhaqi is a three volume series.

 

The History of Beyhaqi: The History of Sultan Mas‘ud of Ghazna, 1030–1041, Volume I: Introduction and Translation of Years 421–423 A.H. (1030–1032 A.D.)

 

The History of Beyhaqi: The History of Sultan Mas‘ud of Ghazna, 1030–1041, Volume II: Translation of Years 424–432 A.H. (1032–1041 A.D.) and the History of Khwarazm

 

The History of Beyhaqi: The History of Sultan Mas‘ud of Ghazna, 1030–1041, Volume III: Commentary, Bibliography, and Index

 

 

About these Volumes:
Abu'l-Fażl Beyhaqi, a secretary at the court of a number of Ghaznavid rulers in eastern Iran and Afghanistan in the early Middle Ages, is a most perceptive, as well as intriguing, commentator on the history of the Islamic Near East. The surviving volumes of his massive project, dealing in depth with the years 1030–1041, combine astute criticism and wry humor with an unobtrusive display of mastery of the learned literature of the time, both in Arabic and Persian. Through a skillful manipulation of different styles, and timely introduction of the authorial voice as a framing device to bring a sense of heightened drama, the historian comments on mankind's individual frailties and the many lost opportunities that hasten a mighty dynasty’s decline. Although there are already a number of articles and monographs in English and other Western languages on aspects of his style and historical approach, this is the first complete translation of the extant volumes with a detailed commentary.


The History of Beyhaqi project was sponsored by the Center for Iranian Studies, Columbia University through National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant funding.


Published by the Ilex Foundation, Boston, Mass. and the Center for Hellenic Studies, Trustees for Harvard University.


Distributed by Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass. and London, England.

 

Paperback: $29.95 and Hardcover $39.95.


About the Author:

Abu'l-Fażl Beyhaqi, a secretary at the court of a number of Ghaznavid rulers in eastern Iran and Afghanistan in the early Middle Ages.

 

Translated by C. E. Bosworth, former Professor of Arabic at the University of Manchester.

Revised by Mohsen Ashtiany, research scholar at Columbia University.