Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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 Sirāj al-mulūk
(1,202 words)

A lamp for rulers


Date: 1122

Original Language: Arabic


The Sirāj al-mulūk belongs to the ‘mirrors for princes’ genre, containing various forms of advice to the ruler about how to behave in order to ensure justice and preserve his reign. Ibn Khaldūn quotes from it in his Muqaddima. Al-Ṭurṭūshī started it under the vizierate of al-Afḍal (1094-1121) and completed it under al-Baṭāʾihī (1121-25), to whom he dedicated it. The actual ye…

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Fierro, Maribel, “ Sirāj al-mulūk”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 16 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2010

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