Timurid Manuscripts in Context
Call for Papers
The Persian Manuscripts Association invites book chapter proposals for its inaugural book publication – an edited volume concerning Prince Baysunghur’s patronage and manuscript production to be published by Brill.
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Shamsa: The Journal of the Persian Manuscripts Association
Call for Papers
The Persian Manuscripts Association (PMA) is delighted to announce the launch of their new online, open-access journal, Shamsa: The Journal of the Persian Manuscripts Association. We invite submissions to be published in the inaugural 2024 volume. For more details download the PDF here.
Prince Baysunghur, Before & After:
Timurid Manuscripts in Context
The inaugural symposium of the Persian Manuscripts Association celebrates the 600th anniversary of the first manuscript produced at the royal library-atelier of the Timurid Prince Baysunghur (1399-1433) in Herat. Prince Baysunghur, Before and After: Timurid Manuscripts in Context, is a two-day international symposium, held on 5-6 November 2021, and hosted by the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.
Baysunghur’s patronage of manuscript production is significant for exhibiting a high artistic refinement in the arts of the book, but the patron was also actively involved in the scholarly aspect of the works to be reproduced. He commanded editions and the preservation of texts in a variety of fields, notably history, ethics and literature.
This symposium brings together scholars and international experts in a number of disciplines to explore the connoisseurship and patronage undertaken by the prince, the aesthetic of his atelier’s output, their antecedents in the Jalayirid period, and the production of literary editions in his library.
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Webinar series: pre-modern Islamic manuscripts
This is the first Webinar series organised by the NoMansLand research project (FWF Y 1232) dedicated to the study of Islamic manuscripts in pre-modern Iran and Central Asia. The project aims to reconstruct aspects of the production, circulation and consumption of written knowledge during the Mongol and early Timurid periods in Iran and Central. The webinar series presents eight lectures to this effect by world-leading scholars, each delving into different aspects of manuscript studies. It aims to promote research on handwritten material and explore its potential impact on the study of this region during the 13th – 15th centuries. The webinar endeavors to raise awareness of the historical value that surviving codices from the Mongol period have in shaping our understanding of Central Asian and Iranian cultural history. The lectures have been scheduled throughout the academic year 2021-2022. They are free of charge, but registration will be required (registration will be announced for each lecture).
22 September 2021, 5 pm
Prof. Shahzad Bashir | Brown University, USA
13 October 2021, 5 pm
Prof. Javad Abassi | Ferdawsi University in Mashhad, IR Iran
17 November 2021, 5 pm
Dr. Joep Lameer | University of Leiden, The Netherlands
15 December 2021, 5 pm
Dr. Francesca Leoni | Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK
23 February 2022, 5 pm
Dr. Hadel Jarada | Institute of Iranian Studies, ÖAW, Austria
16 March 2022, 5 pm
Dr. Stefanie Brinkmann | Saxony Academy of Sciences, Leipzig, Germany
13 April 2022, 5 pm
Akram Khabibullaev | Indiana University, USA
11 May 2022, 5 pm
Dr. Nourane Ben Azzouna | Université de Strasbourg, France
13-14 July 2021, Oxford
10.45am-4.15pm BST (13 July)
11am-5.30pm BST (14 July)
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Persian Arts of the Book Conference
About the event
‘Persian Arts of the Book’ gathers scholars from around the world with expert curators from Oxford and beyond to reflect on the Persian manuscript tradition. In a series of short presentations and thematic panel discussions we will examine the poetry, history, and artistic expression contained in these treasures, and the materials and crafts that contributed to making the manuscripts, as well as the history and science of their preservation. Starting with a focus on the history of collections now at the Bodleian Library, the international speakers represent the state of the field of Persian manuscript studies today.
Nasrin Askari, Arezou Azad, Anita Chowdry, Peyvand Firouzeh, Cailah Jackson, Gulfishan Khan, Shiva Mihan, Adeela de Unger, David Roxburgh (keynote), Karin Scheper and Ilse Sturkenboom
Registration closes at 12pm on 8 July
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