HISTORIOGRAPHY. This entry is concerned with the historiography of the Iranian and Persephone world from the pre-Islamic period through the 20th century in Persian and other Iranian languages. Broadly speaking, this long time span can be divided into three major periods, each with its own particular range of explicit and implicit preoccupations: the pre-Islamic and the gradual construction of a grand or master narrative of Persian national history; the Perso-Islamic with its development of an array of annals, dynastic chronicles, and local histories and biographies; and the modern, when historical writing in Persian began to be influenced by various models of Western scholarly and academic historiography. The periods and their subdivisions of this historiography are covered in the following articles:

i. Introduction.

ii. Pre-Islamic period.

iii. Early Islamic period.

iv. Mongol period.

v. Timurid period.

vi. Safavid period.

vii. Afsharid and Zand periods.

viii. Qajar period.

ix. Pahlavi period.

      (1) General Suvey.

      (2) Specific Topics.

x. Islamic Republic. See Supplement.

xi. Afghanistan.

xii. Central Asia.

xiii. The Indian Subcontinent. See under INDIA.

xiv. The Ottoman Empire.

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Originally Published: December 15, 2003

Last Updated: March 22, 2012

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