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Сведения о Грузинском Царстве в труде ан-Насави

The Khwarazmian conquest and domination within the South Caucasus had a major
impact on the political history of the region, which reduced the infl uence of the Georgian Kingdom –
the strongest political entity in these lands. Experts claim that military and political activity of Jalal ad-
Din Manguberdi in this region is the main reason why he joined the Mongol Empire in 1230s’ without
resisting the Mongol conquerors. One of the most valuable sources, describing the Khwarazmian
invasion to the East Caucasus and the history of Jalal ad-Din Manguberdi’s empire in 1225-1231, is
the work of an-Nasawi “Sirat as-sultan Jalal ad-Din Manguberdi”. This historical source is important
for understanding the features of political development of the Georgian Empire as the main political
opponent of the Khwarazmian kingdom. However, there has been no special study of an-Nasawi’s
work as a source on the history of the Georgian kingdom nor in domestic neither in foreign oriental
studies. This paper intends to analyze not only the amount of information, provided by an-Nasawi on
the Kingdom of Georgia in the course of his description of the Khwarazmian conquest in the South
Caucasus, but also some features of said description, and author’s characteristics. Special attention
is paid to those lacunas in the description of the South Caucasus, which can be observed in an-
Nasawi’s work compared to other historical sources (in the Arabic-Persian, Georgian and Armenian
languages). It is equally important to understand the extent to which the author pays attention to
the detailed description of the political and military opponent of Jalal ad-Din Manguberdi’s empire,
which is the Kingdom of Georgia. It is also important to fi nd out how an-Nasawi pictured and how he
refl ected in his work the war between Khwarazmian kingdom and the Georgian Empire: as a confl ict
over territories and spheres of infl uence or as a religious, even inter-ethnic one.