Affect, Emotion, and Subjectivity in Early Modern Muslim Empires: New Studies in Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal Art and Culture


Editor: Kishwar Rizvi
Affect, Emotion and Subjectivity in Early Modern Muslim Empires presents new approaches to Ottoman Safavid and Mughal art and culture. Taking artistic agency as a starting point, the authors consider the rise in status of architects, the self-fashioning of artists, the development of public spaces, as well as new literary genres that focus on the individual subject and his or her place in the world. They consider the issue of affect as performative and responsive to certain emotions and actions, thus allowing insights into the motivations behind the making and, in some cases, the destruction of works of art. The interconnected histories of Iran,Turkey and India thus highlight the urban and intellectual changes that defined the early modern period.

Contributors are: Sussan Babaie, Chanchal Dadlani, Jamal Elias, Emine Fetvaci, Christiane Gruber, Sylvia Hougteling, Kishwar Rizvi, Sunil Sharma, and Marianna Shreve Simpson.

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Kishwar Rizvi is a Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture at Yale University. She is the author of The Transnational Mosque: Architecture and Historical Memory in the Contemporary Middle East (University of North Carolina Press, 2015), which received the 2017 Charles Rufus Morey Book Award from the College Art Association. Other titles include The Safavid Dynastic Shrine: Architecture, Religion and Power in Early Modern Iran (2011) and the Modernism and the Middle East: Architecture and Politics in the Twentieth Century (2008).

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Kishwar Rizvi
Emotion and Subjectivity in an Early Modern Context

Chapter 1
Sussan Babaie
Chasing After the Muhandis: Visual Articulations of the Architect and Architectural Historiography

Chapter 2
Marianna Shreve Simpson
Who’s Hiding Here? Artists and Their Signatures in Timurid and Safavid Manuscripts

Chapter 3
Emine Fetvaci
Ottoman Author Portraits in the Early-Modern Period

Chapter 4
Christiane Gruber
In Defense and Devotion: Affective Practices in Early Modern Turco-Persian Manuscript Paintings

Chapter 5
Sylvia Houghteling
Sentiment in Silks: Safavid Figural Textiles in Mughal Courtly Culture

Chapter 6
Chanchal Dadlani
The City Built, The City Rendered: Locating Urban Subjectivity in Eighteenth-Century Mughal Delhi

Chapter 7
Sunil Sharma
Fā’iz Dihlavī’s Female-Centered Poems and the Representation of Public Life in Late Mughal Society

Chapter 8
Jamal Elias
Mevlevi Sufis and the Representation of Emotion in the Arts of the Ottoman World

Islamic art historians, historians of the early modern period, religion, anthropology, and museum studies; historians of the Middle East and South Asia.