This study provides a critical edition of chapters nine and ten of
Muḥīṭ al-tavārīkh (The Sea of Chronicles) by Muḥammad Amīn b. Mīrzā Muḥammad Zamān Bukhārī (Ṣūfīyānī).
Muḥīṭ al-tavārīkh is a valuable source for the study of late seventeenth-century Central Asian history, historiography, and language. The present work represents the first critical edition of a primary source of Subḥān Qulī Khān’s reign. The ninth chapter (
bāb) offers accounts of the Timurid kings, Abulkhayrid/Shaybanid and the first four Ashtarkhanid/Janid khans. The tenth chapter presents a detailed account of the life and times of “the last great” Ashtarkhanid/Janid khan, Subḥān Qulī Bahādur (1682–1702), revealing historical information essential for scholars of the period and region.
Mehrdad Fallahzadeh, Ph. D. (2005), Uppsala University, Sweden, is associate researcher at Uppsala University. He has published books, and a number of articles on historical music theory from Central Asia, Iran, Afghanistan, and the subcontinent, including
Shams al-aṣvāt (Uppsala University Press, 2012).
Forogh Hashabeiky, Ph. D. (2005),
Uppsala University, Sweden, is associate professor at Uppsala University. She has published a number of articles and books, including "Persian Orthography" (2009). and “The Usage of Singular Verbs for Inanimate Plural Subjects in Persian,” in
Orientalia Suecana LVI (Uppsala, 2007).
All those interested in the history of Central Asia, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and students of Persian historiography and the development of the Persian language.