Clifford Edmund Bosworth

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Clifford Edmund Bosworth, FBA (born December 29, 1928 in Sheffield , † February 28, 2015 in Yeovil ) was a British historian and Orientalist whose focus was on Arabic and Iranian studies.

Clifford Edmund Bosworth (2011)

life and work

Bosworth received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oxford . From there he moved to the Scottish University of Edinburgh , where he obtained his master's degree and received his doctorate.

He has taught at St Andrews University and the University of Manchester and the Center for the Humanities at Princeton University . He was also visiting professor at the University of Exeter until 2004. In 1992 he was elected a member ( Fellow ) of the British Academy .

Bosworth published several hundred articles in specialist journals, as well as numerous monographs. In addition, he wrote numerous articles in the relevant encyclopaedia of his subject, such as the Encyclopaedia of Islam , the Encyclopædia Iranica , but also in the Encyclopædia Britannica and in the Encyclopedia Americana . Bosworth was editor of the Encyclopaedia of Islam .

Publications (selection)

  • The Ghaznavids, their Empire in Afghanistan and Eastern Iran 994-1040 , Edinburgh University Press 1963, 2nd ed., Beirut 1973.
  • The Islamic Dynasties, a Chronological and Genealogical Handbook , Edinburgh University Press 1967, revised edition 1980 (translations into Russian, Persian, Turkish and French).
  • (Ed.): Iran and Islam , Edinburgh University Press, 1971.
  • The Medieval history of Iran, Afghanistan and Central Asia , Variorum, London 1977.
  • The Later Ghaznavids, Splendor and Decay. The Dynasty in Afghanistan and Northern India 1040–1186 , Edinburgh University Press 1977, reprinted New Delhi 1992.
  • Medieval Arabic Culture and Administration , Variorum, London 1982.
  • with Carole Hillenbrand (Ed.): Qajar Iran, Political, Social and Cultural Change 1800–1925 [= Festschrift for LP Elwell-Sutton ], Edinburgh University Press, 1984.
  • Baha 'al-Din al-Amili and His Literary Anthologies , Manchester 1989.
  • The Arabs, Byzantium and Iran. Studies in Early Islamic History and Culture , Variorum, Collected Studies Series, Ashgate Publishing, Aldershot 1996.
  • The New Islamic dynasties. A Chronological and Genealogical Manual , Edinburgh University Press, 1996.
  • with Muhammad Asim (ed.): History of Civilizations of Central Asia , Vol. IV: The age of achievement. AD 750 to the end of the fifteenth century , part 1: The historical, social and economic setting , Paris 1998, part 2: The literary, cultural, artistic and scientific achievements , Paris 2000 ( UNESCO , General and Regional Histories ).
  • A Century of British Orientalists 1902-2001 , Oxford University Press, 2001.


  1. ^ Deceased Fellows. British Academy, accessed May 7, 2020 .
  2. Notice: Clifford Edmund Bosworth, 1928–2015 , in: British Institute of Persian Studies.

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