Intellectual Networks in Timurid Iran: Sharaf Al-Din 'Ali Yazdi and the Islamicate Republic of Letters (Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization)
By: Ilker Evrim Binbas (author)Hardback
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By focusing on the works and intellectual network of the Timurid historian Sharaf al Din 'Ali Yazdi (d.1454), this book presents a holistic view of intellectual life in fifteenth century Iran. Ilker Evrim Binbas argues that the intellectuals in this period formed informal networks which transcended political and linguistic boundaries, and spanned an area from the western fringes of the Ottoman State to bustling late medieval metropolises such as Cairo, Shiraz, and Samarkand. The network included an Ottoman revolutionary, a Mamluk prophet, and a Timurid occultist, as well as physicians, astronomers, devotees of the secret sciences, and those political figures who believed that the network was a force to be taken seriously. Also discussing the formation of an early modern Islamicate republic of letters, this book offers fresh insights on the study of intellectual history beyond the limitations imposed by nationalist methodologies, established genres, and recognized literary traditions.
Ilker Evrim Binbas is a lecturer in Early Modern Asian Empires in the Department of History at Royal Holloway, University of London.
1. Introduction; 2. The making of a Timurid intellectual; 3. Informal intellectual networks in Timurid Iran; 4. The prophet of Cairo and the master of Isfahan; 5. The articulation of a princely political discourse; 6. Writing the past; 7. The king's two lineages: the evolution of a politico-theological idea; 8. Epilogue.
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