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An Important Iranian Historical Document to be Published in Britain

Tehran, 12 December 2005 (CHN) - A chronicle written by Fazli Isfahani, a historian of the Safavid era, which was surprisingly discovered in the old library of Christ's College of Cambridge University has been edited and will be published digitally in December/January in Britain.

"David Brown Book, a publication company in the U.K, is to provide a digital reproduction of a unique manuscript which records the major events of the reign of Shah Abbas Safavid, the greatest king of the Safavid dynasty. This valuable manuscript was discovered recently in Christ's College of Cambridge University.

Shah Abbas's 45-year reign revived the fortunes of the dynasty and made Iran a prominent power in the early 17th century, developing strong commercial and diplomatic relations with Europe. His reign has been documented by several court historians, but the new and exciting discovery of Fazli Beig's contemporary chronicle, long thought to have been lost, will provide some new information about Shah Abbas's reign in particular and Safavid provincial administration in general" says the editor of the book.

Prior to this discovery, it was supposed that these handwritings were destroyed. Due to improper listing, the chronicle was lost in the Christ's College of Cambridge University for 150 years.

In addition to the above-mentioned information which can be extracted from this chronicle, the handwritings include some important explanations written by the author on the margins of the book, which have been edited in its digital revising.

At the same time, two other history books written by the same author about the first two rulers of the Safavid dynasty will also be published for the first time. One of these historical documents is being kept in library of Cambridge University, and the other in the British Library in London. The whole contexts of these two books will be published in one single volume.

The complete text of these books will be provided on 4 CDs which are accompanied by an explanatory booklet. The text is also indexed for easy access.

The book will be released on 30 of December by David Brown Book Company in English language and in 256 pages. This book will cost 75 U.S. dollars.

The book has been edited by Charles Melville, British researcher and orientalist, who has written two other books about Iran, entitled "Safavid Persia: The History and Politics of an Islamic Society" published in 1996, and "History and Literature in Iran" published in 1993.

... Payvand News - 12/12/05 ... --

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