Using newly discovered manuscripts, this study sheds much new light not just on mediaeval Islamic history and the development of Islamic historiography but also on manuscripts and the transmission of their texts.
Preface. Acknowledgements. Abbreviations. Introduction 1. Politics, religion and culture in the late Samanid state 2. The transmission of the Tarikhnama's text 3. Bal`ami's reshaping of Tabari's History 4. The contents and purpose of Bal`ami's alterations to Tabari's History 5. The Tarikhnama after Bal`ami 6. General conclusions. Appendix I: Comparison of postulated redactions of the Tarikhnama. Appendix II: Comparison of the Arabic translation of the Tarikhnama and the Persian text. Appendix III: Addenda and corrigenda to Daniel's `Annotated Inventory of Bal`ami' Manuscripts'. Bibliography
Dr Andrew Peacock was educated at Oxford and Cambridge, and is a research associate at the University of Cambridge. He specialises in history of Anatolia, the Caucasus and Central Asia, and is the author of several articles on aspects of mediaeval Islamic history and historiography.