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Art, Allegory and the Rise of Shi'ism in Iran, 1487-1565$
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Chad Kia

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474450386

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474450386.001.0001

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Introduction: Coming to Terms with Meaning in Persian Painting

Introduction: Coming to Terms with Meaning in Persian Painting

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(p.1) Introduction: Coming to Terms with Meaning in Persian Painting
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Art, Allegory and the Rise of Shi'ism in Iran, 1487-1565
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Chad Kia

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474450386.003.0001

Highlighting a neglected function of pictorial arts in the Persianate world, the introduction exposes the phenomenon of the “fixed figure-types” by presenting a mid-sixteenth-century Safavid painting from Jami's epic Haft awrang. The composition is used to describe this extraordinary trend in the history of Islamic art which had begun some eighty years earlier during the rule of the last Timurid prince. Understanding the implied significance of these enigmatic figures within an otherwise coherent illustration is possible through familiarity with discourse of Sufism and the contemporary production and reception of Persian Sufi poetry during the latter part of Jami’s life, when Sufi manuscript paintings began to include emblematic figure types.

Keywords:   Pictorial arts, fixed figure-types, Haft awrang, Jami, Sufism, Timurid

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