The Khataks’ Tribal Chronicle (XVII-XVIII): Extraliterary Text Functions

in Iran and the Caucasus
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The paper briefly examines underlying ideology and extraliterary functions of the texts, which constitute the largest part of the Pashtun historiographical work Tārīkh-i muraṣṣa‘ (finished in 1724) and may be classified by genre as tribal chronicle. Under discussion are two related extraliterary functions, both pertaining to the general idea of continuity. It is argued that the principal ideological message of the chronicle, on the one hand, aims at maintaining the continuity of the accepted tribal knowledge of the past and, on the other, strives for the necessity of abiding the laws of power succession within ruling clans according to the principle of primogeniture.


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