Nizam al-Mulk

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Nizam al-Mulk

Nizam al-Mulk (nĭzˈəm äl mûlk), c.1018–92, vizier (1063–92) under two Seljuk (see Turks) sultans. Of Persian descent, he was early educated in administration, serving the Ghaznavids sultans. By 1059 he was chief administrator of Khorasan; in 1063 the Seljuks made him their vizier. Nizam al-Mulk remained in that position throughout the reigns of Alp Arslan and Malikshah. His power peaked under the latter, when he wrote the extensive treatise entitled Siyasat-nameh, or “Book of Government.” A devout Sunni Muslim, Nizam al-Mulk also founded a number of theological schools. He was assassinated in 1092.
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Nizam Al-Mulk


(personal name, Abu Ali Hasan ibn Ali). Born 1017, near Tus, Khorasan Province; died Oct. 14, 1092, near Nehavand. Statesman of the Seljuk state.

Son of a small-scale landowner, Nizam al-Mulk became vizier to Alp Arslan in 1063 and to Malik Shah in 1072. He supported strong central authority and expounded his views in Siyasatnama (On the History and Art of Government). Several editions of the Persian text of this work exist, along with French, Russian, German, and English translations. Nizam al-Mulk was murdered by the Ismailians.


Siaset-name: Kniga opravlenii vezira XI stoletiia Nizam al-Mul’ka. Moscow-Leningrad, 1949. (Translation, introduction, and notes by B. N. Zakhoder.)
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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The match-up between Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Obama is not a battle between equals, but rather a historical grudge match between Nizam al-Mulk, the eleventh century Persian Machiavelli, and Neville Chamberlain or Jimmy Carter.
The latter works were produced earlier and in quite different socio-political circumstances than even, say, those of Nizam al-Mulk and Abu Nasr al-Utbi (both eleventh century).
Later, numerous madrasas were established across the Muslim world by the great Seljuk vizier, Nizam al-Mulk. At a madrasa, students would be educated further in religious sciences, Arabic, and secular studies such as medicine, mathematics, astronomy, history, and geography, among many other topics.
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To bolster Mughal rule, and to foster a strong centralized state that could withstand centrifugal challenges, Aurangzeb's historians wrote of converting Hindus and eradicating heresy, much in the same way as Nizam al-Mulk encouraged the Seljuq sultan never to trust Shi'is while he himself had married his daughter to one, or advised him against people of bad religion while implementing numerous policies of non-partisanship in the empire.
Who can say these golden pieces of advice Nizam al-Mulk gave to the sultan nine centuries ago are not needed by today's leaders?
The religious policy of the early Seljuq empire is characterized in just one sentence which says simply that many schools were opened under the reign of Nizam al-Mulk and Alp Arslan (p.
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