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Shaybānīd arts of the book and the role of manuscripts in Shaybānīd—Ottoman diplomacy

Tuesday 27 November 2018
P.N. van Eyckhof 3
P.N. van Eyckhof 3
2311 BV Leiden

What can art and literature tell us about history? My dissertation looks at 16th- and early 17th-century iterations of the Persian epic poem, the Shāhnāma, as well as its translation into Turkish, and book productions from Ottoman Anatolia, Safavid Iran, and Shaybānīd Central Asia. These Shāhnāma manuscripts reveal not only cultural and artistic connections but a military and political linkage of the Ottoman and Shaybānīd realms that has by and large gone undetected in scholarship to date. With dual emphasis on Shaybānīd arts of the book and the role of manuscripts in Shaybānīd—Ottoman diplomacy, two categories in the arts and history of the Persianate sphere that remain understudied, this research shows that exchanges across Anatolia and Central Asia in the early modern period are much richer than we have known so far.    

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