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New Information on the History of the Caucasus in the Third Volume of Afzal al-tavarikh

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The purpose of the article is to examine the account of a newly discovered Persian chronicle, the third volume of Afzal al-tavarikh by Fazli Khuzani al-Isfahani. In the reign of Shah ‘Abbas, for a decade, Fazli worked in the Caucasus as the top Safavid administrator, vizier of Barda‘ and Kakheti. Thus, his account has particular importance for the history of the Caucasus. He conveys new and detailed information about the local administrative units and local representatives. He even refers to a Georgian word and narrates the uprising in Georgia in 1625 led by Giorgi Saakadze (Murav Beg) as a witness to the event. His descriptions of Qizilbash representatives, Armenians, Jews, and North Caucasians are also worth mentioning.



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