Beatrice Forbes Manz uses the history of Iran under the Timurid
ruler Shahrukh (1409-1447) to analyse the relationship between
government and society in the medieval Middle East. She provides a
rich portrait of Iranian society over an exceptionally broad
spectrum - the dynasty and its servitors, city elite and provincial
rulers, and the religious classes, both ulama' and Sufi. The work
addresses two issues central to pre-modern Middle Eastern history:... more...