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.
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).
Table of contents
Note on the Transliteration
List of Figures
About The Contributors
Emotion and Subjectivity in an Early Modern Context
Chasing After the Muhandis: Visual Articulations of the Architect and Architectural Historiography
Marianna Shreve Simpson
Who’s Hiding Here? Artists and Their Signatures in Timurid and Safavid Manuscripts
Ottoman Author Portraits in the Early-Modern Period
In Defense and Devotion: Affective Practices in Early Modern Turco-Persian Manuscript Paintings
Sentiment in Silks: Safavid Figural Textiles in Mughal Courtly Culture
The City Built, The City Rendered: Locating Urban Subjectivity in Eighteenth-Century Mughal Delhi
Fā’iz Dihlavī’s Female-Centered Poems and the Representation of Public Life in Late Mughal Society
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.