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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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(p.135) 5 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
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Chad Kia

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474450386.003.0006

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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