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 Possessors of the Command

Shafique N. Virani

in The Ismailis in the Middle Ages: A History of Survival, a Search for Salvation

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780195311730
eISBN:
9780199785490
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311730.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Islam

In Shi'i Islam, the Imams are considered to be the Possessors of the Command (ulu al-amr), and are the purveyors of divine authority in the world. The chapter speaks of the Ismaili Imams, Islamshah ... More


Epilogue Rashid al-Din at the Court of Shahrokh

Stefan Kamola

in Making Mongol History: Rashid al-Din and the Jami' al-Tawarikh

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474421423
eISBN:
9781474476744
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474421423.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

A century after Rashid al-Din’s death, his works experienced a period of heightened interest at the court of the Timurid ruler Shahrokh (1405-1447). Shahrokh’s court librarian, Hafez-e Abru (d. 1430) ... More


The Making of the Artist in Late Timurid Painting

Lamia Balafrej

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781474437431
eISBN:
9781474464918
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474437431.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

This book constitutes the first exploration of artistic self-reflection in Islamic art. In the absence of a tradition of self-portraiture, how could artists signal their presence within a painting? ... More


Art, Allegory and the Rise of Shi'ism in Iran, 1487-1565

Chad Kia

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781474450386
eISBN:
9781474464864
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474450386.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

Some of the world’s most exquisite medieval paintings, from late fifteenth-century Herat and the early Safavid workshops, illustrate well-known episodes of popular romances––like Leyla & Majnun––that ... More


Source of the Ottoman Cluster

Karen C. Pinto

in Medieval Islamic Maps: An Exploration

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780226126968
eISBN:
9780226127019
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226127019.003.0012
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Cartography

Chapter Twelve, “Source of the Ottoman Cluster” examines the probable origin of the cluster both in terms of the images used, and the reason for their use. In this last of the three chapters on the ... More


Slaves in Name Only: Free Women as Royal Concubines in Late Timurid Iran and Central Asia

Usman Hamid

in Concubines and Courtesans: Women and Slavery in Islamic History

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780190622183
eISBN:
9780190622213
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190622183.003.0010
Subject:
History, Middle East History, World Medieval History

The chapter considers concubines of the ruling Timurid house of 15th-century eastern Iran and Transoxiana. Conventional wisdom holds that concubinage was a legal arrangement in which slave owners ... More


Introduction: Geographical and Historical Setting

Hamid Algar

in Jami

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780198090441
eISBN:
9780199082544
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198090441.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter sets the stage for the discussion of ʿAbd al-Rahman Jami by providing an overview of the relevant geography and history. It covers Khorasan, the region of which Herat was the principal ... More


Introduction: Islam and the Millennium

A. Azfar Moin

in The Millennial Sovereign: Sacred Kingship and Sainthood in Islam

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231160377
eISBN:
9780231504713
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231160377.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This introductory chapter provides a background of the Mughal Empire in sixteenth-century India, and its antecedents and parallels in Timurid Central Asia and Safavid Iran. These interconnected ... More


Introduction: Coming to Terms with Meaning in Persian Painting

Chad Kia

in Art, Allegory and the Rise of Shi'ism in Iran, 1487-1565

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781474450386
eISBN:
9781474464864
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474450386.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

Highlighting a neglected function of pictorial arts in the Persianate world, the introduction exposes the phenomenon of the “fixed figure-types” by presenting a mid-sixteenth-century Safavid painting ... More


Painting about Painting

Lamia Balafrej

in The Making of the Artist in Late Timurid Painting

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781474437431
eISBN:
9781474464918
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474437431.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

This book constitutes the first exploration of artistic self-reflection in Islamic art. In the absence of a tradition of self-portraiture, how could artists signal their presence within a painting? ... More


Chapter One: Pictorial Preface

Lamia Balafrej

in The Making of the Artist in Late Timurid Painting

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781474437431
eISBN:
9781474464918
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474437431.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

The introduction presents the book’s main arguments, its methodological principles, its objects of study and the social and artistic context of the late Timurid period. While most scholarship on ... More


Introduction

Ali Anooshahr

in Turkestan and the Rise of Eurasian Empires: A Study of Politics and Invented Traditions

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
April 2018
ISBN:
9780190693565
eISBN:
9780190693596
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190693565.003.0001
Subject:
History, Middle East History

New developments of intellectual networks and historiography set the groundwork for the use of Persian chronicles in describing the rise of the early modern empires of the Ottomans, Safavids, ... More


Timurid India

Ali Anooshahr

in Turkestan and the Rise of Eurasian Empires: A Study of Politics and Invented Traditions

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
April 2018
ISBN:
9780190693565
eISBN:
9780190693596
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190693565.003.0007
Subject:
History, Middle East History

This chapter will show how the Mughals in India entered a world in which the value of Timurid sovereignty (initially crucial following the capture of Delhi by Timur) had become irrelevant, leaving ... More


Nizam al-Mulk Remembered

Neguin Yavari

in The Future of Iran's Past: Nizam al-Mulk Remembered

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780190855109
eISBN:
9780190943219
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190855109.003.0005
Subject:
History, Middle East History

The focus in the fifth and final chapter is on the afterlife of Nizam al-Mulk, of his legacy as well as of his representations. By the late fifteenth century, in Timurid Iran, Nizam al-Mulk is ... More


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