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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 Culmination of a Trend: ‘Depraved Man Commits Bestiality’

The Culmination of a Trend: ‘Depraved Man Commits Bestiality’

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

Chad Kia

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter returns to the Safavid painting ‘Depraved Man Commits Bestiality’, discussed in the Introduction, in order to decipher the significance of the enigmatic figure-types in their maturity, seven decades after their first appearance and after the dramatic changes in the politico-religious life of the region. Analysing the subject matter of the painting as a portmanteau of the content in Jami’s text together with a contemporary royal dictum from Shah Tahmasp, the interpretation of the figure-types demonstrates their appropriation by the Safavid programme of legitimacy and their convergence with the official ideology of the Imami creed.

Keywords:   Jami, Safavid, Depraved Man, ideology, Imami creed

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