BTS 86

Die Legitimierung der mittelasiatischen Mangitendynastie in den Werken ihrer Historiker (18.-19. Jahrhundert)

Anke von Kügelgen

2002. 530 pp., English Brochur
ISBN 978-3-89913-243-4

This piece of research mainly examines nine Persian and Tadschiki pieces of historical work stemming from the Emirate of Buchara (in the area of present-day Uzbekistan and Tadschikistan) from late 18th and 19th century. The main focus lies on the different strategies their authors use to legitimate the first four potentates of the new Mangite dynasty that seized power in the middle of the 18th century. The authors of these manuscripts were from various backgrounds, some of them being chroniclers at the court composing commissioned works, others being Sufis, militaries or merchants who felt the urge to reflect on the events of their time of their own accord. In the variety of the authors and their points of view lies the historical value of this book, since it presents a rich repertoire of legitimizations of their rulers and analyzes the rulers in very different ways. 


Anke von Kügelgen studied Islamic and Arabic Studies, history and Islamic philosophy in Berlin and Damascus and obtained her Ph.D. in 1992. Since 2002 she is a professor at the department for Islamic Studies and New Oriental philology at the University of Bern. Her fields of interest include Islamic philosophy, Sufism, Islamic historiography and Islamic ethics