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Babayan, Kathryn 1960-

Works: 5 works in 29 publications in 1 language and 641 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Cross-cultural studies 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: BP188.8.I55, 297.0955
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Most widely held works by Kathryn Babayan
Mystics, monarchs, and messiahs : cultural landscapes of early modern Iran by Kathryn Babayan( Book )

12 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Focusing on idealists and visionaries who believed that Justice could reign in our world, this book explores the desire to experience utopia on earth. Reluctant to await another existence—another form, or eternal life following death and resurrection—individuals with ghuluww, or exaggeration, emerged at the advent of Islam, expecting to attain the apocalyptic horizon of Truth. In their minds, Muhammad’s prophecy represented one such cosmic moment of transformation. Even in the early modern period, some denizens of Islamdom continued to hope for a utopia despite aborted promises and expectations. In a moment of enthusiasm, one group called the Qizilbash (Red Heads) took up arms at the turn of the sixteenth century to fight for Shaykh Isma’il Safavi, their divinely inspired leader. The Safavis succeeded in establishing an empire, but their revolutionary sensibilities were exposed to erasures and expulsion into the realms of heresy. The social settings in which such beliefs were performed in early modern Iran are highlighted in order to tease out the relationship between discourse and practice, narrating the ways in which a Persianate ethos uncovered new Islamic identities (Alid and Sufi). Mystics, Monarchs and Messiah explores these belief systems within a dialogue between Semitic, Indo-Iranian, and Hellenic cultures that continued to resist the monotheist impulse to delay the meeting of the holy with the human until the end of time." -- from publishers
Islamicate sexualities : translations across temporal geographies of desire( Book )

8 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Islamicate Sexualities: Translations across Temporal Geographies of Desires explores different genealogies of sexuality and questions of the theoretical emphases and epistemic assumptions affecting current histories of sexuality. Concerned with the dynamic interplay between cultural constructions of gender and sexuality, the anthology moves across disciplinary fields, integrating literary criticism with social and cultural history, and establishes a dialogue among historians (Kathryn Babayan, Frederic Lagrange, Afsaneh Najmabadi, and Everett Rowson), comparative literary scholars (Sahar Amer and Leyla Rouhi), and critical theorists of sexualities (Valerie Traub, Brad Epps, and Dina Al-Kassim)
The waning of the Qizilbash : the spiritual and the temporal in seventeenth century Iran by Kathryn Babayan( )

7 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The setting of my dissertation is Iran in the seventeenth century. In it I exami ne the relationship between religious and political trends, on the eve of the es tablishment of Safavi orthodoxy (1689). The theme that runs through this work is the decline of the Qizilbash. The Qizilbash, composed mainly of Turkman tribesm en, were the military force introduced by the conquering Safavis to the Iranian domains in the sixteenth century. In addition to their military role, these Qizi lbash were spiritual disciples of the Safavi shahs whose ancestors had been the pi rs (spiritual guide) of the Safavi brotherhood. My analysis centers around th e dynamics of institutional and ideological transformations that the Safavi real m had to undergo in the process of its conversion from a militant-brotherhood in to that of an orthodox state. This entailed both a religious transformation from the original ideology of Qizilbashism (heterodoxy) that had allowed for the suc cess of the Safavi revolution, into the espousal of Imamism (orthodoxy): a trans formation that would allow for absolutism and the crytallization of the empire's structures. It also entailed an institutional reform: the Qizilbash were suppla nted by the ghulams. The incorporation of this new slave corps into the ranks of the military and the central and provincial administrations was designed to cou nter the autonomous political nature of the Qizilbash. These ghulams were traine d at court and owed allegiance to the person of the Shah, as ruler of the Irania n lands, rather than to a pi r whose rule extended over the domains that lay bet ween heaven and earth. The religiosity of the Qizilbash was to be replaced by th e orthodoxy of the Imami ulama. In relating the changing institutional structure of the empire to the changing religious attitudes, I analyze both the reactions and resilience of certain groups (Qizilbash, Taji ks, Ulama and ghulams) within Iranian society to limit and reformulate the cultural impositions enforced by t he Safavis in the process of centralizing their domains
"In spirit we ate each other's sorrow" female companionship in seventeenth-century Safavi Iran by Kathryn Babayan( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Slaves of the Shah : new elites of Safavid Iran( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"The Safavid dynasty represented the pinnacle of Iran's power and influence in its early modern history. The evidence of this-- the creation of a nation state, military expansion and success, economic dynamism, and the exquisite art and architecture of the period -- is well-known. What is less understood is the extent to which the Safavid success depended on an elite originating from outside Iran: the slaves of Caucasian descent and the Armenian merchants of Isfahan. This book describes how these elites, following their conversion to Islam, helped to transform Isfahan's urban, artistic and social landscape."
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Mystics, monarchs, and messiahs : cultural landscapes of early modern Iran
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Islamicate sexualities : translations across temporal geographies of desire