Jāmī in Regional Contexts

The Reception of ʿAbd al-Raḥmān Jāmī’s Works in the Islamicate World, ca. 9th/15th-14th/20th Century


Jāmī in Regional Contexts: The Reception of ʿAbd Al-Raḥmān Jāmī’s Works in the Islamicate World is the first attempt to present in a comprehensive manner how ʿAbd al-Raḥmān Jāmī (d. 898/1492), a most influential figure in the Persian-speaking world, reshaped the canons of Islamic mysticism, literature and poetry and how, in turn, this new canon prompted the formation of regional traditions. As a result, a renewed geography of intellectual practices emerges as well as questions surrounding authorship and authority in the making of vernacular cultures. Specialists of Persian, Arabic, Chinese, Georgian, Malay, Pashto, Sanskrit, Urdu, Turkish, and Bengali thus provide a unique connected account of the conception and reception of Jāmī’s works throughout the Eurasian continent and maritime Southeast Asia.

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Thibaut d'Hubert, Ph.D. (2010), is Associate Professor in the department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. He has published several articles on Middle Bengali and Indo-Persian literature and is the author of In the Shade of the Golden Palace: Ālāol and Middle Bengali Poetics in Arakan (OUP New York, 2018).
Alexandre Papas, Ph.D. (2004), is a Senior Research Fellow (Directeur de recherche) at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Paris. He is the author of several books and articles on Central Asia and Islamic mysticism, including Soufisme et politique entre Chine, Tibet et Turkestan (J. Maisonneuve, 2005); Mystiques et vagabonds en islam (Cerf, 2010), and Thus Spake the Dervish(Brill, 2019).

Contributors: Muzaffar Alam, Hamid Algar, Thibaut d’Hubert, Eve Feuillebois-Pierunek, Rebecca Gould, Ayesha Irani, Alexey Khismatulin, Frank Lewis, Chad Lingwood, Paul Losensky, Mohamad Nasrin Nasir, Luther Obrock, Ertuğrul Ökten, Alexandre Papas, Ryan Perkins, Francis Richard, Sajjad Rizvi, Florian Schwarz, Sunil Sharma, Marc Toutant, Yiming Shen, Paul Wormser.
"Man muss die Herausgeber bewundern ob ihrer editorischen […] Das vorliegende Buch zeigt, dass eine solche Kreativität weiter bestanden hat. Das war auch und vor allem an deren Rändern weiter der Fall. Dass darauf hingewiesen wird, ist einer der Vorzüge dieses Buches. Der andere ist, dass hier einem Universalgelehrten islamischer Kultur ein Denkmal gesetzt worden ist, das anderen Forschern Anlass zu weiteren Bemühungen um die Werke dieses bedeutenden Mannes geben wird.“ Peter Heine in Orientalistische Literaturzeitung 115/4–5 (2020)
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Thibaut d’Hubert and Alexandre Papas

Part 1: The Routes of Books

1 A Case of Literary Success The Spread of Jāmī’s Poetical Works throughout the Near East
Francis Richard
2 Approaching Jāmī through Visual Culture The Popularization of Yūsuf-Zulaykhā in Persianate Societies
Sunil Sharma
3 Jāmī and the Ottomans
Hamid Algar
4 Scholar, Saint, and Poet Jāmī in the Indo-Muslim World
Muzaffar Alam
5 The Arab Reception of Jāmī in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries al-Fawāʾid al-ḍiyāʾiyya and al-Durra al-fākhira
Florian Schwarz
6 Nūr al-dīn ʿAbd al-Raḥmān al-Jāmī in Sufi Writings in Malay
Mohamad Nasrin Nasir

Part 2: Translating Islam and Sufism

7 Before the Safavid-Ottoman Conflict Jāmī and Sectarianism in Timurid Iran and Iraq
Sajjad H. Rizvi
8 Trading Pearls for Beads Jāmī’s Qaṣīdas in Praise of Sulṭān Yaʿqūb and their Significance to Āq Quyūnlū History
Chad Lingwood
9 ʿAbd al-Raḥmān Jāmī and the Ottoman Linguistic Tradition Philosophy of Language and ʿIlm al-Waḍʿ
Ertuğrul Ökten
10 Jāmī’s Statement on the Authorship of the Anīs al-ṭālibīn
Alexey Khismatulin
11 Jāmī’s Sharḥ-i rubāʿiyyāt dar vaḥdat-i vujūd Merging Akbarian Doctrine, Naqshbandī Practice, and Persian Mystical Quatrain
Eve Feuillebois
12 The Recreation of Jāmī’s Lavāʾiḥ by Ḥamza Fanṣūrī
Paul Wormser
13 Individual Sanctity and Islamization in the Ṭabaqāt Books of Jāmī, Navāʾī, Lāmiʿī, and Some Others
Alexandre Papas
14 Jāmī and his Texts in China Proper
Yiming Shen

Part 3: Beyond the Seal of the Poets

15 To Round and Rondeau the Canon Jāmī and Fānī’s Reception of the Persian Lyrical Tradition
Franklin Lewis
16 “Utterly Fluent, but Seldom Fresh” Jāmī’s Reception among the Safavids
Paul Losensky
17 Evaluating Jāmī’s Influence on Navā’ī The Case Studies of the Khiradnāma-yi iskandarī and the Sadd-i iskandarī
Marc Toutant
18 Foundational Maḥabbat-nāmas Jāmī’s Yūsuf u Zulaykhā in Bengal (ca. 16th–19th AD)
Thibaut d’Hubert
19 Love’s New Pavilions Śāhā Mohāmmad Chagīr’s Retelling of Yūsuf va Zulaykhā in Early Modern Bengal
Ayesha Irani
20 Śrīvara’s Kathākautuka Cosmology, Translation, and the Life of a Text in Sultanate Kashmir
Luther Obrock
21 A Bounty of Gems Yūsuf u Zulaykhā in Pashto
Ryan Perkins
22 Sweetening the Heavy Georgian Tongue Jāmī in the Georgian-Persianate Ecumene
Rebecca Gould

Index of Names and Places
Index of Works
All interested in the intellectual and literary history of the Islamicate and/or Persinate world from the 15th century onward, but also in book history, poetics, translation, and commentarial practices in multilingual contexts.