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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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The Third Station on the Path to Sufism: ‘The Bearded Man Drowning’

The Third Station on the Path to Sufism: ‘The Bearded Man Drowning’

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(p.75) 3 The Third Station on the Path to Sufism: ‘The Bearded Man Drowning’
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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/9781474450386.003.0004

This chapter continues the discussion of the Mantiq al-tayr manuscript by scrutinising one of its illustrations in detail and explicating one of the earliest examples of enigmatic depictions in Persianate manuscript painting. The exposition links the tenor of the text– Attar’s allegorical tale– to the enigmatic iconography of the image through dense contextualisation in the world of Sufi initiates, their beliefs and practices in Herat.

Keywords:   enigmatic, Herat, manuscript paining, allegorical, iconography, Sufi initiate, practice, beliefs

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