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Reading Nineteenth-Century Persian Histories from the Caucasus

Ali Karamustafa    University of Oxford, Nizami Ganjavi Centre, UK    

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This essay examines six Persian-language historical works that were produced in the Caucasus during the nineteenth century. These works have conventionally gone unnoticed due to the language of composition and the predominant approach to the region as a Russian imperial province. Interestingly, these texts bear the mark of the Afsharid period, and demonstrate a marked interest in the figure of Nader Shah. They demonstrate that the Safavid collapse and the subsequent developments of the eighteenth century had an important impact on conceptions of political legitimacy in the Caucasus. They also suggest that the birth of new local Persianate historiographical traditions in the region should not only be viewed through the lens of Russian imperial modernity and instead be better situated in their local and historical context.

Pubblicato
21 Dicembre 2021
Accettato
30 Giugno 2021
Presentato
18 Maggio 2021
Lingua
EN
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-551-3
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-550-6

Keywords: CaucasusKarabaghAzerbaijanNader ShahShirvanDagestanHistoriography

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