Al-Maqrīzī’s al-Ḫabar ʿan al-bašar, Vol. V, Section 4: Persia and Its Kings, Part I


Now available in Open Access thanks to support of the University of Helsinki. Al-Maqrīzī's (d. 845/1442) last work, al-Ḫabar ʿan al-bašar, was completed a year before his death. This volume, edited by Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila, covers the history of pre-Islamic Iran from the Creation to the Parthians. Al-Maqrīzī's work shows how Arab historians integrated Iran into world history and how they harmonized various currents of historiography (Middle Persian historiography, Islamic sacred history, Greek and Latin historiography).

Among al-Ḫabar's sources is Kitāb Hurūšiyūš, the Arabic translation of Paulus Orosius' Historiarum adversum paganos libri vii. This source has only been preserved in one defective copy, and al-Maqrīzī's text helps to fill in some of its lacunae.
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Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila, PhD 1994, is the Iraq Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Edinburgh. His publications include Maqama (2002), The Last Pagans of Iraq (2006) and several articles on pre-Islamic Iran in Arabic sources.
"With his masterful edition and translation, Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila has set very high standards for future publications in the Bibliotheca Maqriziana series and beyond. On a broader scale, the volume constitutes a powerful demonstration of what philological research can and should look like in the twenty-first century. By showing what is possible, it underlines the urgent need for critical editions in a field that far too often settles for non-scholarly and faulty, albeit easily available "editions" of its primary sources." - Christian Mauder, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, in: Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 82/1 (2019)
List of Plates

 1 al-Maqrīzī and the Ḫabar
 2 The Pre-Islamic History of Iran in Arabic and Persian Sources
 3 al-Maqrīzī’s Sources
 4 al-Maqrīzī and Orosius
 5 al-Maqrīzī’s Use of Sources
 6 Description of the Manuscripts
 7 Notes on the Translation
 8 Names


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Critical Edition and Translation of al-Maqrīzī’s al-Ḫabar ʿan al-bašar, vol. V, section 4: Persia and Its Kings, Part I

Persia and the Four Classes of Its Kings
The First Class, the Pīšdādians
Mention of the Second Class of Persians, the Kayanids
The Third Class of Persian (kings), the Ašġānians

List of Quoted Manuscripts
Index of Qurʾānic Verses
Index of Prophetic Traditions
Index of Verses
Index of Names (People and Places)
Index of Quoted Titles in al-Ḫabar ʿan al-bašar
Index of Sources in al-Ḫabar ʿan al-bašar
Index of Glosses
Index of Technical Terms

Facsimile of MS Fatih 4340 (Istanbul, Süleymaniye Kütüphanesi), fols. 76b–127b, 47*ab, 128a–131a
All interested in Mamluk historiography or pre-Islamic history of Iran.
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