[Kathryn Babayan is Associate Professor of Iranian History & Culture, Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan.] The following constitutes my. Babayan explores different genealogies of sexuality and questions some of the theoretical emphases and epistemic assumptions affecting current histories of. KATHRYN BABAYAN. Department of Near Eastern Studies. Thayer Bld. Ann Arbor, MI () fax () [email protected] .

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Slaves of the Shah combines a multifaceted approach to the study of emerging slave elites in seventeenth-century Isfahan.

Kathryn Babayan, “Friendship and the Culture of Epistolarity in Early Modern Isfahan”

Each of us individually drew on our disciplinary perspectives patronage of the arts and architecture, court politics, and trade kaathryn collectively narrate the formation of networks of Armenian and Georgian slaves who shaped the political and cultural life of Safavi Isfahan.

My scholarship has gained much by thinking about gender and sexuality historically. Together with my colleague Afsaneh Najamabadi, we co-edited the volume Islamicate Sexualties. Diverging from the historiographic tradition that has marginalized the constructs of gender and sexuality beyond the concerns of history proper, we invited historians and literary scholars to think about culture and history through the analytical frames of gender and sexuality.

The specificity of queering Babaywn history and culture was productive for rethinking tropes for masculinity, pederasty or effeminacy produced by orientalist discourses. Our discussions resulted in a collective reimagining of Islamicate history. Monumental public writing and the more jathryn writing on paper reveal a larger cultural turn towards literacy. Albums of calligraphy, paintings, letters, essays and poetry were produced in households as part of a cultured practice of adabor etiquette.

I am interested in the multiplication of materials, both visual and literary for writing in and about the city. Writing and painting on paper, the attention to subjective knowledge production, and its assemblage into household anthologies represents different ways of experiencing the self in the city.


These alternative views of the city disturb the imperial imaginary, thus putting a stress on the effort at ideological unity involved in the royal project of rebuilding Isfahan into an early modern capital. Translations across Temporal Geographies of Desire explores different genealogies of sexuality and questions some of the theoretical emphases and epistemic assumptions affecting current histories of sexuality.

As a whole, the anthology challenges Middle Eastern Studies with questions that have arisen in recent babaywn of sexualities, bringing into conversation Euro-American scholarship of sexuality with that of scholars engaged in studies of sexualities across a vast cultural Iberian, Arabic, and Iranian and temporal field from the tenth century to the medieval and the modern.

Cambridge, MA of Pages: The Savafid dynasty represented, in bahayan, cultural and economic terms the pinnacle of Iran’s power babqyan influence in its early modern history.

The evidence for this -the creation of a nation state, military expansion and success, economic dynamism and katnryn exquisite art and architecture babayzn the period – is well-known.

What is less understood is the extent to which the Safavid success depended on – and was a product of – a class of elite originating from outside Iran: It was these groups, bolstered by Shah Abbas the Great – and his successors, who became the pillars of Safavid political, economic and cultural life. This book kahtryn how these elites, following their conversion to Islam, helped to form a new language of Savafid absolutism. It documents their contributions, financed by the Armenian trade in Safavid silk, to the transformation of Isfahan’s urban, artistic and social landscape.

The insights provided here into the multi-faceted roles of the Safavid royal household offer an original and comprehensive study of slave elites in imperial systems common mathryn the political economies of the Malmuk, Ottoman and Safavid courts as well bxbayan contributing to the earlier Abbasid, Ghaznavid and Saljuq eras. As such this book makes an original and important contribution to our understanding of the history of the Islamic world from the 16th to the 18th centuries and will prove invaluable for students and scholars of the period.


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Highlighted Work and Publications. Bahayan, Monarchs and Messiahs: Cultural Landscapes of Early Modern Iran Kathryn Babayan Focusing on idealists and visionaries who believed that Justice could reign in our world, this book explores the desire to experience utopia on earth.

Kathryn Babayan

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. Even in the early modern period, some denizens of Islamdom continued to hope for a utopia despite aborted promises and expectations.

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.

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