Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 May 2016

360 Pages | 4 b/w illus.

9.21 x 6.14 inches

ISBN: 9780748696901

Bookseller Code (06)

Counsel for Kings: Wisdom and Politics in Tenth-Century Iran

Volume I: The Nasihat al-muluk of Pseudo-Mawardi: Contexts and Themes

L. Marlow

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Edinburgh Studies in Classical Arabic Literature

Mirrors for princes form a substantial and important genre in many pre-modern literatures. Their ostensible purpose is to advise the king; at the same time they assert that the king, if he is truly virtuous, will appreciate being reminded of the contingency of his power. The first volume situates Counsel for Kings in its historical context. The second volume gives direct access to a substantial portion of the text through translation and commentary.