Nizam al-Mulk: Book of Government; or, Rules for Kings

(1091)

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Explanation and Analysis of the Document

Nizam al-Mulk wrote the Book of Government; or, Rules for Kings in 1091 in order to guide the Seljuk sultans and set a model of government as well as to curb the excesses of the Turkic nomads, generals, and princes. In it, he wrote about the practice and art of governing, the qualities of kingship, and how to handle threats to the Seljuk Empire. In many ways, this work, which became a classic of Islamic political and governmental philosophy, is a...