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Lecture

Monumental epigraphy of Transoxiana in the Timurid period: poets, craftsmen and patrons

  • Bakhtiyar Babadjanov
Date
Monday 21 November 2016
Time
Location
Lipsius
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden
Room
235C

Bakhtiyar Babadjanov will look at the relationship between the Timurid monuments and their inscriptions. To what extent does the inscription reflect the function of the monument? Why are we finding eschatological verses simultaneously on mausoleums and palaces? In the case of the Timurids, especially ladies from the Timurid family who were buried in the Shah-i Zinda necropolis, that question is not accidental, since most (if not all) of these donors and patrons did not know Arabic or Persian and were representatives of the Genghisid family.

Dr. Babadjanov is a head researcher at the Al-Biruni Centre of Oriental Manuscripts under the Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies. Until 1998 he was the chair of the Islamic Studies department at the Institute of Oriental Studies, Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Tashkent. Between 1998-1999 Dr. Babadjanov was a researcher at the “Institute du Monde Iraniene”, CNRS, Paris. His book Les inscription persanes de Chār Bakr, necropole familiale des khwāja Jūybary près de Boukhara, London: Corpus Inscriptionum Iranicarum, 2002 (Corpus Inscriptionum Iranicarum, vol. XXXI) was distinguished with the Hiroyama FoundationAward. He has participated in several renowned international projects, among others “Islamic Area Studies”, coordinated by Prof. Hisao Komatsu, Tokyo University, 1999 - 2002; “Zerrspiegel” (“Looking at colonizers”), coordinated by Prof. Juergen Paul, University of Halle, 2002 – 2003 and most recently "Seeing like an Archive" Documents and Forms of Governance in Islamic Central Asia (18th-19th Centuries), principal investigator Dr. Paolo Sartori, hosted by the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

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