The Cosmic Perils of Qadi Ḥusayn Maybudī in Fifteenth-Century Iran

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In The Cosmic Perils of Qadi Ḥusayn Maybudī in Fifteenth-Century Iran Alexandra Dunietz explores the life and works of a provincial judge during a time of tribal rivalries and millennial expectations. During the decades preceding the rise of the Safavid regime and the establishment of Shiʿism throughout Iran, Maybudī participated in a network of intellectuals, administrators, and mystics, wrote prolifically, and worked as a judge within the Ak Koyunlu sphere. Drawing upon Maybudī’s commentaries and correspondence, the work focuses on the judge’s education, complex commentary on the poetry of ʿAlī, the foundational figure of Shiʿism, his professional life, and his death during a rebellion against Safavid control of his hometown. Maybudī exemplified the natural development of relations between Sunnis and Shiis, provincial elites and central authorities, rationalist philosophers and devotees of the esoteric.
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Biographical Note

Alexandra W. Dunietz, Ph.D. (1990), University of Chicago, is an independent scholar who specializes in the pre-modern Islamicate world.

Table of contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
TRANSLITERATION
LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS

1. INTRODUCTION: THEMES AND SOURCES
Sources
2. EARLY YEARS AND EDUCATION
Yazd from Pre-Islamic Times to the Mongols
The Timurid Period
The Kara Koyunlu Period
The Ak Koyunlu Period
Maybudī's Family
Maybudī's Education
3. THE SHARḤ-I DĪVĀN-I -ʿALĪ
The Favātiḥ
The Commentary
4. QADI MAYBUDĪ
5. LAST YEARS AND SAFAVID CONFRONTATION
The Jām-i gītī-numā
Death
6. CONCLUSION
SOURCES

Readership

Scholars interested in the social, political, and religious history of the late-medieval and early modern Turko-Mongol and Islamo-Persianate world, especially those concerned with Shi’ism, Islamic philosophy, and provincial elites.