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

Chad Kia


Some of the world’s most exquisite medieval paintings, from late fifteenth-century Herat and the early Safavid workshops, illustrate well-known episodes of popular romances––like Leyla & Majnun––that give prominence to depictions of unrelated figures such as a milkmaid or a spinner at the scene of the hero Majnun’s death. This interdisciplinary study aims to uncover the significance of this enigmatic, century-long trend from its genesis at the Timurid court to its continued development into the Safavid era. The analysis of iconography in several luxury manuscript paintings within the context o ... More

Keywords: Persian painting, iconography, Sufi narrative poetry, Rumi, Attar, Jami, Shiism, Timurid, Safavid

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781474450386
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474450386.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chad Kia, author
independent scholar