Reviews

The author demonstrates that the Nasihat al-muluk traditionally attributed to al-Mawardi was, in fact, written in Eastern Khurasan or Transoxiana by an author of the Samanid period, during the reign of Nasr II b. Ahmad (914-943). Through an internal critic and a study of the historical context, L. Marlow shows that this book of advises to rulers has been written spontaneously by an author whose aim was to warn the Samanid ruler against a variety of dangers through the example of their most illustrious predecessors. The first Samanids are praised for their piety, the quality of their military campaigns, and their support to scholars. The current ruler is warned against religious sedition, the influence of his courtiers, and the loss of the moral virtues necessary to a king.

Camille Rhoné, Practical School of Advanced Studies, Paris
CER: II-3.4.B-259