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The legendary biographies of Tamerlane : Islam and heroic apocrypha in Central Asia

Author: Ron Sela
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011, ©2011.
Series: Cambridge studies in Islamic civilization.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Timur (or Tamerlane) is famous as the fourteenth-century conqueror of much of Central Eurasia and the founder of the Timurid dynasty. His reputation lived on in his native lands and reappeared some three centuries after his death in the form of fictional biographies, authored anonymously in Persian and Turkic. These biographies have become part of popular culture. Despite a direct continuity in their production  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Legends
Named Person: Timur; Timur; Timur; Timur; Timur Lenk; Timur Lenk
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ron Sela
ISBN: 9780521517065 0521517060
OCLC Number: 695390015
Description: xvii, 164 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Contents: The origins and usages of Tīmūr's heroic apocrypha --
Tīmūr's birth and childhood --
Youth --
Inauguration and kingship --
Premonitions --
Central Asia in turmoil, 1700-1750.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in Islamic civilization.
Responsibility: Ron Sela.
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