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The New Islamic Dynasties

A Chronological and Genealogical Manual

C. E. Bosworth

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Those coming to the study of Islamic history for the first time face a baffling array of rulers and dynasties in the many different areas of Islam.

This book provides a comprehensive and reliable reference source for all students of history and culture. It lists by name the rulers of all the principal Islamic dynasties with Hijri and Common Era dates. Each dynastic list is followed by a brief assessment of its historical significance, and by a short bibliography.

Fully updated and substantially revised and expanded for a modern audience, this handbook is based upon Bosworth's renowned The Islamic Dynasties, first published in 1967 and revised in 1980. As well as increasing the number of dynasties covered from 82 to 186, innovations in the new edition include much more extensive listings of honorific titles and of filiations, allowing genealogical connections within dynasties to be made.

Key Features:

  • Only reliable chronological and genealogical listing available
  • Covers all the areas of the Islamic world including Afghanistan, the Arabian peninsula, Central Asia, East Africa, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, North Africa, Persia, South East Asia, Spain, Syria, Turkey and West Africa
  • Includes 186 dynasties
  • Records those rulers who issued coins - of great interest to Islamic numismatics


1. The Caliphs
2. Spain
3. North Africa
4. Egypt and Syria
5. Iraq and Jazira before the Seljuks
6. The Arabian Peninsula
7. West Africa
8. East Africa and the Horn of Africa
9. The Caucasus and the West Persian Lands before the Seljuks
10. The Eastern Persian Lands, Transoxania and Khwarazm before the Seljuks
11. The Seljuks, their Dependents and the Atabegs
12. The Turks in Anatolia
13. The Mongols and their Central Asian Eastern European Successors
14. Persia after the Mongols
15. Central Asia after the Mongols
16. Afghanistan and the Indian Subcontinent
17. South-East Asia and Indonesia
Indexes: (a) Personal Names
(b) Dynasties, Peoples, Tribes, etc.
(c) Places.


There can be few works more deserving of such positive accentuation than the one under review here… The emergence in paperback of Edmund Bosworth's magisterial New Islamic Dynasties is a cause for celebration for numerous reasons… it is always good to embrace an old and trusted friend - and especially one such as this, transformed as it is is by a stunning makeover… Bosworth's all-seeing eye roves effortlessly across the Muslim world from Senegal to Borneo, producing an inventory that is now probably as inclusive as it could be… The book is as elegant, eloquent and economic in its treatment of the dynastic complexities of Muslim civilisation as ever. Indeed, in its updated, expanded form, the new Islamic Dynasties will if anything prove to be of even greater worth and utility, if such a thing is possible, than its earlier manifestation - truly a vade mecum for all seasons.
This indispensable reference work … is clearly set out and easy to use and all students and scholars of Islamic studies, not just numismatists and historians, will need to keep it handy, no matter what their precise specialty. It will be the genealogical and chronological reference work of Islam par excellence for many, many years to come.
An invaluable reference point to explore varied facets of Muslim rule, from issues such as that of the caliphal mandate, the basis for selecting successors - not always driven by family ties, the emergence of Muslim queens, the circumstances of dynastic ruptures and even less weighty matters such as the predilection for titles and honorifics… Bosworth's compendium is the perfect antidote to simplistic readings of Muslim history, It serves as a starting point for forays into the rich landscape of Muslim political history in order to focus on the real issues.
A reference work which will be even more useful for coming generations of scholars than was its predecessor.
This manual answers the needs of students and scholars of the entire Muslim world.
- Richard W. Bulliet, Professor of History, Columbia University

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