Aḥmad of Niğde's al-Walad al-Shafῑq and the Seljuk past

A. C.S. Peacock*

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The unpublished unique manuscript of the 14th century Persian work known as al-Walad al-Shafiq (‘The Compassionate Child’) held in the Süleymaniye Library in Istanbul has hitherto never been studied in detail, although it is of considerable importance as a source for medieval Anatolia. This article assesses al-Walad al-Shafiq in the context of the Persian historiography of Anatolia and the historical milieu in which it was composed, arguing that the work is characterised by a sense of loyalty to the vanished Seljuk dynasty that ruled much of Anatolia from the late 11th to the early 14th century. I also examine such information as has survived about the life and background of its author, Qāḍῑ, Aḥmad of Niğde, and consider why the work was written and for whom.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-107
Number of pages13
JournalAnatolian Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004


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