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Art, allegory and the rise of Shiism in Iran, 1487-1565

Author: Chad Kia
Publisher: Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2019]
Series: Edinburgh studies in classical Islamic history and culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Transforming our understanding of Persian art, this impressive interdisciplinary book decodes some of the world's most exquisite medieval paintings. It reveals the hidden meaning behind enigmatic figures and scenes that have puzzled modern scholars, focusing on five 'miniature' paintings. Chad Kia shows how the cryptic elements in these works of art from Timurid Persia conveyed the mystical teachings of Sufi poets  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Chad Kia
ISBN: 9781474450386 1474450385
OCLC Number: 1108732442
Description: ix, 291 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Coming to terms with meaning in Persian painting --
Poetics of the picture : verbal imagery and visual language --
Remaking Persian painting : didactic sufism in a Timurid manuscript --
The third station on the path to sufism : 'the bearded man drowning' --
Fixed-figure prototypes and the symbolic order --
The culmination of a trend : 'depraved man commits bestiality' --
Conclusion: The Sufi synthesis.
Series Title: Edinburgh studies in classical Islamic history and culture.
Responsibility: Chad Kia.

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Transforming our understanding of Persian art, this impressive interdisciplinary book decodes some of the world's most exquisite medieval paintings. It reveals the hidden meaning behind enigmatic figures and scenes that have puzzled modern scholars, focusing on five 'miniature' paintings. Chad Kia shows how the cryptic elements in these works of art from Timurid Persia conveyed the mystical teachings of Sufi poets like Rumi, Attar and Jami, and heralded one of the most significant events in the history of Islam: the takeover by the Safavids in 1501 and the conversion of Iran to Shiism.

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