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In the Triangle of Samarkand
Ilker Evrim Binbaş
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In the Triangle of Samarkand, Constantinople, and the Deccan: Modalities of Sovereignty in the 15th Century

4 - 5 Jan '19 6:15 pm - 8:30 pm

Image: Ms. Ous. Add. 24, fol. 115v

How did political ideas and political events coalesce and interact when there was no commonly agreed constitutional paradigm to glue a society together? This seminar series addresses this question in the context of the Timurids, Turkmans, and Ottomans in the fifteenth century. Prof. Binbas’ analysis will combine the rhetoric on kingship and ideas on governance in specific political contexts, and he will discuss the wide range of political and constitutional paradigms that emerged during this period.

Day 1
• Timur, after Timur: The Last of the ‘Chinggisids’ and the Rise and Fall of an Unlikely Ideal of Sovereignty
• Eschatology and Conquest: Arts and Politics from the Deccan to Constantinople

Day 2
• Contractualism and the Chinggisid Yasa in the Fifteenth Century
• Who is Afraid of Timur? The Timurid Empire from an Interregional and Intercultural Perspective

Registration: Rs 2000/-
This public seminar is also part of a course Islamic Aesthetics: 2019


Ilker Evrim Binbaş

Evrim Binbaş received his PhD degree from the University of Chicago, and after seven years at Royal Holloway, University of London, he moved to the Institute of Oriental and Asian Studies at the University of Bonn. He studies early modern Islamic history with a particular focus on the Timurid dynasty in the fifteenth century. His first book on the Timurid historian Sharaf al-Din ‘Ali Yazdi (d. 1454) was published by the Cambridge University Press (Intellectual Networks in Timurid Iran: Sharaf al-Dīn 'AlīYazdī and the Islamicate Republic of Letters). The Intellectual Networks in Timurid Iran won the 2017 British-Kuwait Friendship Society Prize in Middle Eastern Studies, and it was shortlisted for the 2017 Gladstone Prize by the Royal Historical Society in Britain, and for the 2017-2018 Book of the Year Award in Iranian Studies by the National Library and Archives of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Currently he is working on three different book projects. Together with John E. Woods of the University of Chicago he is preparing a critical edition of Yazdi’sZayl-iZafarnama, which is the second and so-far unpublished volume of the Zafarnama. He is also editing, also together with John E. Woods, a handbook on Timurid dynasty titled The Timurid Dynasty: A Handbook. The book was commissioned by Brill in Leiden, and when it is published, it will include contributions from more than thirty scholars working on the early modern Islamic history. Finally, he is preparing a monograph on early modern Islamicate political ideas.


Registration Fees: Rs. 2000/-



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