Iskandar Beg Munshi

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Iskandar Beg Munshi, a.k.a. Iskandar Beg Turkman[1] (c. 1560 - c. 1632),[2] was a Persian[3][4] historian of Turkmen origin[5] of the Safavid emperor Shah Abbas I. Iskandar Beg began as an accountant in the bureaucracy, but later became a privileged secretary of the Shahs.[6] He wrote one of the greatest works of Persian historiography, Tārīk̲h̲-i ʿĀlam-ārā-yi ʿAbbāsī (Alamara-i Abbasi). The work begins with the origins of the Safavids and continues through the reign of Shah Abbas I.


  1. ^ "HISTORIOGRAPHY vi. SAFAVID PERIOD" Encyclopædia Iranica. Retrieved 30 May 2015
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  3. ^ Donzel, E. J. van (1 January 1994). Islamic Desk Reference. BRILL. p. 176. ISBN 90-04-09738-4. Iskandar Beg al-Shahir bi-Munshi: Persian historian; c. 1560-c. 1632. His work, one of the greatest in Persian historiography, deals with the origins of the Safawids and the period between Shah Ismail* and Shah Safi. 
  4. ^ Paulina Kewes, Ian W. Archer, Felicity Heal. The Oxford Handbook of Holinshed's Chronicles. — Oxford University Press, 2013. — P. 256."Iskandar Beg's work is regarded as one of the finest works of Persian historiography, notable for both its literary quality and its author's Thucydidean claim to rely only on his own knowledge or that of direct participants in events."
  5. ^ The Oxford History of Historical Writing, Volume 3: 1400-1800. Oxford University Press. 2012. p. 178. ISBN 978-0-19-921917-9. Most, but not all of them were ethnic Turks. To this category belong Hasan Beg Rumlu, Wali-Quli Shamlu, and, above all, Iskandar Beg Munshi.. 
  6. ^ Savory, R. M. "Iskandar Beg Munshi." Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition.