Zāwulistān, kāwulistān and the land bosi-On the question of a Sasanian court-in-exile in the southern Hindukush

Domenico Agostini, Sören Stark

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Abstract

The present article analyses Chinese histories and encyclopaedias for data on diplomatic contacts between Tang China and a country named Bosi (Persia) postdating the death of Yazdegerd III in 651 AD. Combined with evidence from Iranian apocalyptic texts, numismatics, and artistic metal ware they seem to point to the existence of a veritable Sasanian court-in-exile somewhere in the southern Hindukush area, i.e. in the political environment of the courts in Zāwul or Kāwul, until at least the middle of the 8th century.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-38
Number of pages22
JournalStudia Iranica
Volume45
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Kāwulistān
  • Pahlavi literature
  • Sasanian history
  • Tang China
  • Zāwulistān

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