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Master Class

Reconstructing Urban Landscapes from Texts: Prospects and Problems

  • Robert D. McChesney
Date
Monday 6 March 2017
Time
Location
Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 2
2311 BZ Leiden
Room
006 B

The master class on Reconstructing Urban Landscapes from Texts: Prospects and Problems is open to MA/MA research and PhD students. 

Readings

1) Robert D. McChesney, "Economic and Social Aspects of the Public Architecture of Bukhara in the 1560s and 1570s'." Islamic Art, vol. 2, 1987, pp. 217-237.

2) Robert D. McChesney, "Four Sources on Shah 'Abbas's Building of Isfahan." Muqarnas, vol. 5, pp. 103-134 and the "Postscript" to it in Muqarnas, vol. 6, pp. 137-138. 

3) Robert D. McChesney, “Reconstructing Balkh: the Vaqfiya of 947/1540.” In Devin DeWeese, ed., Studies on Central Asian History in Honor of Yuri Bregel, Bloomington: Indiana University, 2001, pp. 187-243.

4) Robert D. McChesney, “The Lives and meanings of a sixteenth-century Bukharan notarial document.” In Écrit et Culture en Asie Centrale et dans le Monde TurcoIranien Xe -XIXe Siècles, ed. Francis Richard et Maria Szuppe, Paris, 2009, pp. 195- 227.

5) Thomas Welsford, “The Rabbit, the Duck, and the Study of Central Asian Legal Documents.” Der Islam, vol. 88, pp. 258-278.

6) translated selections from Mutribi, Nuskhah-i ziba-yi Jahangiri, Maliha, Muzakkir al-Ashab, Mahmud b. Amir Wali, Bahr al-asrar.

Optional 
1) Robert D. McChesney, “Bukhara’s Suburban Villages: Juzmandun in the Sixteenth Century.” In Attilio Petruccioli, ed., Bukhara: The Myth and the Architecture, Cambridge, Mass., 1999, pp. 93-119.

2) Florian Schwarz, “Bukhara and Its Hinterland: The Oasis of Bukhara in the Light of the Juybari Codex.” In Attilio Petruccioli, ed., Bukhara: The Myth and the Architecture, Cambridge, Mass., 1999, pp. 79-92.

If you would like to attend, please contact Elena Paskaleva (e.g.paskaleva@hum.leidenuniv.nl) before 1 March 2017. 

About the speaker

Robert D. McChesney, Emeritus Professor, New York University, is the author of Waqf in Central Asia (1991), Central Asia: Foundations of Change (1996), Kabul Under Siege (1999), and numerous articles and book chapters. He is also the founder and director of the Afghanistan Digital Library. His most recent work is The History of Afghanistan  Fayż Muḥammad Kātib Hazārah’s Sirāj al-tawārīkh published by Brill.

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