An Illustrated Genealogy between the Ottomans and the Safavids

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Abstract

This paper focuses on an early seventeenth-century illustrated genealogy (Museum of Ethnography Ankara, No. 8457), which is stylistically attributable to Baghdad, and is iconographically and textually pro-Safavid at a point when Baghdad was under Ottoman rule. Taking the format of the illustrated genealogy, which was widespread in the Otto­man realm from the mid-sixteenth century onwards, the Ankara manuscript adapts the Ottoman genealogical tree tradition with a particularly Safavid tenor. In its immediate visual graspability and use of the genealogy as a methodological tool to claim legitimacy, this manuscript represents contested identities in the frontier province of Baghdad.

An Illustrated Genealogy between the Ottomans and the Safavids

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     Moses and his rod turned into a dragon (top right). From Zübdetü’t Tevārīḫ, Istanbul, Topkapı Palace Museum Library, H. 1624, fol. 7b.
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     Yāfes b. Nūḥ (top left on fol. 20b). From Zübdetü’t Tevārīḫ, 1597, Istanbul, Topkapı Palace Museum Library, H. 1591, fols. 20b–21a.
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     Portrait of Mehmed III. From Silsilanāme, Karlsruhe, Badische Landesbibliothek, Cod. Rastatt 201, fol. 15b.
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     Adam, Gayumars, Cain, and Abel. From Cemʿ-i Tārīḫ, Ankara, Museum of Ethnography, MS 8457, fol. 3b. (Photo: Melis Taner)
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     Hamza Mirza hunting, detail. From Cemʿ-i Tārīḫ, Ankara, Museum of Ethnography, MS 8457, fol. 18a. (Photo: Melis Taner)
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     Introduction, detail. From Cemʿ-i Tārīḫ, Ankara, Museum of Ethnography, MS 8457, fol. 2a. (Photo: Melis Taner)
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     Introduction, detail. From Cemʿ-i Tārīḫ, Ankara, Museum of Ethnography, MS 8457, fol. 2b. (Photo: Melis Taner)
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     Adam and Eve with Cain and Abel and the Archangel Gabriel, detail. From Cemʿ-i Tārīḫ, Ankara, Museum of Ethnography, MS 8457, fol. 3b. (Photo: Melis Taner)
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     Cain and Abel, detail. From Cemʿ-i Tārīḫ, Ankara, Museum of Ethnography, MS 8457, fol. 3b. (Photo: Melis Taner)
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     The Prophet and his deputy and son-in-law ʿAli together with the Archangel Gabriel, detail. From Cemʿ-i Tārīḫ, Ankara, Museum of Ethnography, MS 8457, fol. 7b. (Photo: Melis Taner)
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     The Prophet with the Four Rightly-Guided Caliphs. From LACMA M85–237–38, fol. 6b.
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     The Prophet with the Four Rightly-Guided Caliphs. 1597, from CBL T. MS 423, fol. 21b. (Photo: ©The Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library)
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     The Prophet with the Four Rightly-Guided Caliphs. 1597, from TPML H. 1591, fol. 23b.
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     The Prophet with the Four Rightly-Guided Caliphs. 1597, from TPML H. 1324, fol. 23b.
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     The Prophet with the Four Rightly-Guided Caliphs. From TPML A. 3110, fol. 8b.
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     Gayumars, detail. From Cemʿ-i Tārīḫ, Ankara, Museum of Ethnography, MS 8457, fol. 3b. (Photo: Melis Taner)
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     Murder of Iraj, detail. From Cemʿ-i Tārīḫ, Ankara, Museum of Ethnography, MS 8457, fol. 4b. (Photo: Melis Taner)
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     Saleh and the camel, detail. From Cemʿ-i Tārīḫ, Ankara, Museum of Ethnography, MS 8457, fol. 4b. (Photo: Melis Taner)
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     Bahram Gur, detail. From Cemʿ-i Tārīḫ, Ankara, Museum of Ethnography, MS 8457, fol. 7a. (Photo: Melis Taner)
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     Virgin Mary with the Infant Christ and Joseph (?), detail. From Cemʿ-i Tārīḫ, Ankara, Museum of Ethnography, MS 8457, fol. 5b. (Photo: Melis Taner)
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     Ishmael praying in front of the Kaʿba, detail. From Cemʿ-i Tārīḫ, Ankara, Museum of Ethnography, MS 8457, fol. 5b. (Photo: Melis Taner)
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     Atabeg Qutluq Khan and Shaykh Saʿdi, detail. From Cemʿ-i Tārīḫ, Ankara, Museum of Ethnography, MS 8457, fol. 10b. (Photo: Melis Taner)
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     Mehmed II, detail. From Cemʿ-i Tārīḫ, Ankara, Museum of Ethnography, MS 8457, fol. 9b. (Photo: Melis Taner)
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     Plato, detail. From Cemʿ-i Tārīḫ, Ankara, Museum of Ethnography, MS 8457, fol. 12b. (Photo: Melis Taner)
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     Shaykh Haydar, Sultan ʿAli Safavi (brother of Ismaʿil I), Süleyman I, Ismaʿil I. From Cemʿ-i Tārīḫ, Ankara, Museum of Ethnography, MS 8457, fol. 17a. (Photo: Melis Taner)
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     Shah Muhammad Khudabanda, Emperor Akbar, Mehmed III, Hamza Mirza. From Cemʿ-i Tārīḫ, Ankara, Museum of Ethnography, MS 8457, fol. 18a. (Photo: Melis Taner)
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     Shah Tahmasp I, Ismaʿil II, Murad III, ʿUbaydallah Khan. From Cemʿ-i Tārīḫ, Ankara, Museum of Ethnography, MS 8457, fol. 17b. (Photo: Melis Taner)
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     Selim II, Murad III, Mehmed III, Ahmed I. From Silsilanāma, Linden-Museum, Stuttgart, VLA 1155, fol. 4b. (©­Linden-Museum Stuttgart; Photo: A. Drey)
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     Abu Muslim, detail. From Cemʿ-i Tārīḫ, Ankara, Museum of Ethnography, MS 8457, fol. 8a. (Photo: Melis Taner)

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