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Preface. Acknowledgements. Abbreviations. Introduction 1. Politics, religion and culture in the late Samanid state 2. The transmission of the Tarikhnama's text 3. Bal'ami's reshaping of Tabari's History 4. The contents and purpose of Bal'ami's alterations to Tabari's History 5. The Tarikhnama after Bal'ami 6. General conclusions. Appendix I: Comparison of postulated redactions of the Tarikhnama. Appendix II: Comparison of the Arabic translation of the Tarikhnama and the Persian text. Appendix III: Addenda and corrigenda to Daniel's 'Annotated Inventory of Bal'ami' Manuscripts'. Bibliography