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This is the front matter section of the book Timurids in Transition: Turko-Persian Politics and Acculturation in Medieval Iran, which is concerned with the ways in which a nomadic empire based on Turko-Mongolian concepts of socio-political organization and an economy fuelled by plunder adapted to the sedentary Iranian society it conquered and over which it ruled. The book focuses on the last Timurid Sulṭān-Ḥusain Bayqara, a great-great-grandson of Temür, whose rule from 1469 to 1506 over the large eastern Iranian province of Khorasan (encompassing present-day north-eastern Iran, western Afghanistan, and southern Turkmenistan) spanned a period that corresponds roughly to one-third of the entire duration of the Timurid dynasty, from the death of Temür in 1405 until the Uzbek conquest in 1507.

Keywords: medieval Iran; Sulṭān-Ḥusain Bayqara; Temür; Timurids; Turko-Persian politics



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