Politics, Patronage and the Transmission of Knowledge in 13th - 15th Century Tabriz

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Editor: Judith Pfeiffer
In Politics, Patronage and the Transmission of Knowledge in 13th – 15th Century Tabriz, an international group of specialists from different disciplines investigate the role of Tabriz as one of the foremost centres of learning, cultural productivity, and politics in post-Mongol Iran and the Middle East. While standard accounts of Islamicate history have long presented the 13th to 15th centuries as the bottom of the decline paradigm of old, the present volume demonstrates the vibrancy and originality of the intellectual and cultural production of this period by focusing on Tabriz among other capitals of the region. The volume particularly explores the transmission of knowledge and institutional and cultural patronage in the post-Mongol period.

Contributors include Reuven Amitai, Nourane Ben Azzouna, Sheila Blair, Devin DeWeese, Joachim Gierlichs, Birgitt Hoffmann, Domenico Ingenito, Robert Morrison, Ertuğrul Ökten, Judith Pfeiffer, Johannes Preiser-Kapeller, F. Jamil Ragep, and Patrick Wing.
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Biographical Note

Judith Pfeiffer, Ph.D. (2003), The University of Chicago, is University Lecturer at the University of Oxford. She has published extensively on the Islamicate history of the 13th-16th centuries, including History and Historiography of Post-Mongol Central Asia and the Middle East, (Harrassowitz, 2006).

Review Quote

"The volume does not attempt to cover all aspects of intellectual activity in Tabriz in this period, a task which would be impossible to accomplish in a single volume. However, it fulfils expectations by contributing to a better understanding of the political, economic and intellectual life of Tabriz from
the arrival of the Chinggissid rulers to Iran in the mid thirteenth century until the region became a disputed zone after the consolidation of the Ottoman and Safavid Empires in the sixteenth century."
Bruno de Nicola in Bulletin critique des Annales islamologiques, 29, 2014.

Table of contents

Table of Contents

Introduction
Judith Pfeiffer (University of Oxford, UK)
From Baghdad to Marāgha, Tabriz, and beyond: Tabriz and the multi-cephalous cultural, religious, and intellectual landscape of the 13th to 15th century Nile-to-Oxus region

Part I: Intellectuals, bureaucrats and politics

Reuven Amitai (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
Hülegü and His Wise Men: Topos or Reality?

Devin DeWeese (Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA)
ʿAlāʾ al-Dawla Simnānī’s Religious Encounters at the Mongol Court near Tabriz

Domenico Ingenito (UCLA, CA, USA)
“Tabrizis in Shiraz are worth less than a dog:” Saʿdī and Humām, a lyrical encounter

Judith Pfeiffer (University of Oxford, UK)
Confessional Ambiguity vs. Confessional Polarization: Politics and the Negotiation of Religious Boundaries in the Ilkhanate

Part II: The Transmission of Knowledge

Birgitt Hoffmann (Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, Germany)
In pursuit of memoria and salvation: Rashīd al-Dīn and his Rabʿ-i Rashīdī

Nourane Ben Azzouna (University of Vienna, Austria)
Rashīd al-Dīn Faḍl-Allāh al-Hamadhānī’s Manuscript Production Project in Tabriz Reconsidered

Robert Morrison (Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME, USA)
What Was the Purpose of Astronomy in Ījī’s Kitāb al-Mawāqif fī ʿilm al-kalām?

F. Jamil Ragep (McGill University, Montreal, Canada)
New Light on Shams: The Islamic Side of Σὰμψ Πουχάρης

Part III: Tabriz and Interregional Networks

Johannes Preiser-Kapeller (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria)
Civitas Thauris. The significance of Tabriz in the spatial frameworks of Christian merchants and ecclesiastics in the 13th and 14th century

Patrick Wing (University of Redlands, USA)
“Rich in Goods and Abounding in Wealth:” The Ilkhanid and Post-Ilkhanid Ruling Elite and the Politics of Commercial Life at Tabriz, 1250-1400

Sheila Blair (Boston College, MA, and Virginia Commonwealth University, VA, USA)
Tabriz: International Entrepôt under the Mongols

Joachim Gierlichs (Qatar National Library, Doha, Qatar)
Tabrizi Wood Carvings in Timurid Iran

Ertuğrul Ökten (29 Mayis Üniversitesi, Istanbul, Turkey)
Imperial Aqquyunlu Construction of Religious Establishments in the Late Fifteenth Century Tabriz

Readership

All interested in the intellectual and cultural history of Iran and the Middle East during the Mongol, Jalayirid, Timurid, and Aq-Quyunlu periods, and anyone concerned with the intellectual and cultural history of the region.

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