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1 - The Arabic, Persian and Turkish Mirror Literatures

from Part I - Introduction

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  15 January 2023

Edited and translated by
Louise Marlow
Affiliation:
Wellesley College, Massachusetts
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Summary

This first chapter traces the characteristics and development of the mirror literatures in Arabic, Persian and Turkish. It discusses the range of forms and styles, and the varied functions, of these advisory texts, and their generic designations in the original languages. The chapter identifies and discusses four major periods: the Early or Formative Period (eighth and ninth centuries); the Early Middle Period (tenth to twelfth centuries); the Later Middle Period (thirteenth to fifteenth centuries); the Early Modern Period. At several points, the discussion indicates parallels and affinities among the mirror literatures produced in contemporaneous Muslim and Christian settings. The chapter ends with a discussion of the appearance, presentation and reception of mirrors for princes.

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Medieval Muslim Mirrors for Princes
An Anthology of Arabic, Persian and Turkish Political Advice
, pp. 3 - 23
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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