Narrating the Safavid Past: Religion and Society in Three Iranian Cities

  • 06 Jan
    08 Jan

    Islamic Aesthetics

    Sholeh Quinn

Narrating the Safavid Past: Religion and Society in Three Iranian Cities

Image: Habib al-siyar (Beloved of virtues) by Muhammad Khwandamir (died ca. 1533-37).Date created: ca.1590-1600.Purchase--Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

This seminar presents a historical overview of three phases of Safavidhistory in the cities of Tabriz, Qazvin, and Isfahan, associated with Shah Isma‘il, Shah Tahmasb, and Shah ‘Abbas, respectively.  The presentations will focus on religious and social developments in the 16th-17th centuries, and include the role of ghulams, Armenians, Georgians, and other religious and social communities.  Emphasis will be placed on historical chronicles, one of the most important categories of primary sources for the Safavid period.

Day 1 : Tabriz and Shah Isma‘il: The Sufi Who Became King
Day 2 : Qazvin and Shah Tahmasb: The Safavid State Takes Shape
Day 3 : Isfahan and Shah ‘Abbas: Narrating Half the World

Duration -

January 6, 7, 8, 2020

Timing: 6:30 - 8:30


Rs. 3,000

Registrations will open on 01-Oct-2019

Sholeh Quinn

Sholeh Quinn

Sholeh Quinn is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Merced. She received her PhD from the University of Chicago in 1993. Her research focuses on the history of early modern Iran. She is the author of Historical Writing during the Reign of Shah ‘Abbas: Ideology, Imitation, and Legitimacy in Safavid Chronicles (2000), Shah Abbas: the King Who Refashioned Iran (2015), and co-editor of History and Historiography of Post-Mongol Central Asia and the Middle East: Studies in Honor of John E. Woods (2006). She is currently completing a book on Persian historical writing across the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal empires.