2020, vol. 8, no. 2. Sayfetdinova E.G.

2020, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 378-385

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22378/2313-6197.2020-8-2.378-385


E.G. Sayfetdinova
Marjani Institute of History of Tatarstan Academy of Sciences
Kazan, Russian Federation

Abstract: Research objectives: To introduce into the scholarly circulation a previously unknown source on the history of Tatars.
Research materials: The religious and didactic treatise of Ibn Abi al-Hadid (d. 656/1258) “Sharh nahj al-balaga” (“Interpretation of the ‘Ways of Eloquence’”).
Results and novelty of the research: This article presents information from the religious and didactic treatise of Ibn Abi al-Hadid (d. 656/1258) “Sharh nahj al-balaga” (“Interpretation of the ‘Ways of Eloquence’”). V.G. Tiesengauzen did not include this treatise in his “Collection of Materials Relating to the History of the Golden Horde (extracts from Arabic works)”. The eighth part of the fourth volume contains information about Chinggis Khan, the fall of Bukhara and Samarkand, the events in Khwarazm, the Mongol invasion of Iran and Azerbaijan, the defeat of the Khwarazmshah’s army, the fall of Hamadan, the invasion of Georgia and Derbent, the invasion of the Eastern European steppes, the fall of Isfahan, Mongolian raids on Syria, the attack on Baghdad. Ibn Abi al-Hadid borrowed most of the information from Ibn al-Athir, in particular about the period from 1220 to 1230. However, the treatise of Ibn Abi al-Hadid contains original information regarding some episodes of the Mongol expansion during the first half of the thirteenth century. The result of the study was the translation of some information about the Tatars into Russian, which was not re­corded in other medieval Arabic sources. The scholarly novelty is that this Russian translation, helping researchers in a deeper and more detailed study of the history of Tatars, has been carried out for the first time ever.

Keywords: history of Tatars, medieval Arabic sources, Ibn Abi al-Hadid, “Sharh nahj al-balaga”

For citation: Sayfetdinova E.G. Ibn Abi al-Hadid’s Information on Tatars. Zolotoordynskoe obozrenie = Golden Horde Review. 2020, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 378–385. DOI: 10.22378/2313-6197.2020-8-2.378-385


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About the author: Elmira G. Sayfetdinova – Cand. Sci. (History), Senior Research Fellow, Usmanov Center for Research on the Golden Horde and Tatar Khanates, Marjani Institute of History of Tatarstan Academy of Sciences (7A, Baturin Str., Kazan 420111, Russian Federation); ORCID: 0000-0002-7138-1256, ResearcherID: K-2746-2017. E-mail: adulya2@yandex.ru

Received   December 25, 2019  Accepted for publication  May 30, 2020
Published Online   June 29, 2020