Persian literature is the jewel in the crown of Persian culture. It has profoundly influenced the literatures of Ottoman Turkey, Muslim India and Turkic Central Asia and been a source of inspiration for Goethe, Emerson, Matthew Arnold and Jorge Luis Borges among others. Yet Persian literature has never received the attention it truly deserves. "A History of Persian Literature" answers this need and offers a new, comprehensive and detailed history of its subject. This 18-volume, authoritative survey reflects the stature and significance of Persian literature as the single most important accomplishment of the Iranian experience. It includes extensive, revealing examples with contributions by prominent scholars who bring a fresh critical approach to bear on this important topic. In this volume the Editors offer an indispensable overview of Persian literature's long and rich historiography. Highlighting the central themes and ideas which inform historical writing, "Persian Historiography" will be an indispensable source for the historiographical traditions of Iran and the essential guide to the subject.
Charles Melville is Professor of Persian History and Fellow of Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge. Ehsan Yarshater is the Director of the Center for Iranian Studies and Professor Emeritus of Iranian Studies, Columbia University and the Founding Editor of the Encyclopaedia Iranica.
Foreword Table of Contents Introduction Charles Melville Chapter 1: Literature and History Charles Melville Chapter 2: The Rise and Development of Persian Historiography Elton Daniel Chapter 3: The Turco-Mongol Period Charles Melville Chapter 4: The Safavid Historiography Sholeh Quinn Chapter 5: Persian Historiography in the Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Century: Twilight of the Court Chronicle Tradition Ernest Tucker Chapter 6: The Development of National Historiography from 18th Century to the Pahlavi Period Abbas Amanat Chapter 7: The Memoirs of E'temad al-Saltane Shiva Balaghi Chapter 8: Historiography in the Pahlavi Era Fakhreddin Azimi Chapter 9: Persian Historiography under the Ottomans Sara Nur Yildiz Chapter 10: The Historiography in Central Asia since 16th Century Robert D. McChesney Chapter 11: The Historiography in Afghanistan Robert D. McChesney