This volume is a translation from Chaghatay (medieval Turkic literary language of Central Asia) of a work written by Uzbek historians Mūnis and Āgahī in the early 19th century. It contains the history of Khorezm, especially detailed for the 18th and early 19th centuries, and it is an outstanding example of Central Asian historiography.
The book is the first Western translation of this historical work and the first such translation of a major Chaghatay source for the history of Central Asia in the 18th-19th centuries.
Besides the translation, the book includes extensive historical and philological notes and detailed introduction discussing the historical background of the period when the work was written, the biographies of the authors, the history of the text, and its sources.
Yuri Bregel, Ph.D. (1961) in History, Institute of Oriental Studies, Moscow, is Professor of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University. His numerous publications on medieval and early modern history of Central Asia include also the text edition of Firdaws al-iqbāl (Brill, 1988).
'...the book is truly a monument of erudtion...the book is beaurifully printed and a joy to handle...'
C. Edmund Bosworth, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 2000.
'...an invaluable handbook for Central Asian history...'
Timur K. Beisembiev, Journal of Islamic Studies, 2001.
All those interested in the history of Central Asia, as well as historians of Iran and Islamic world in general, historians of Russia, Turcologists.