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The Practice of Politics in Safavid Iran

Éditeur : Tauris Date & Lieu : 2009, London & New York
Préface : Pages : 292
Traduction : ISBN : 978 1 84511 890 7
Langue : AnglaisFormat : 155x235 mm
Code FIKP : Liv. En.Thème : Politique

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The Practice of Politics in Safavid Iran

The Practice of Politics in Safavid Iran

Colin P. Mitchell


The writing and completion of this book would have been impossible without the assistance and advice from a number of individuals and institutions. First and foremost, I would like to express my gratitude to my former supervisor, Maria Subtelny, for her never-ending support and inspiration. It was she who introduced me to the intricate world of medieval Perso-Islamic epistolography, and I imagine I would still be mired in an array of didactic epistolary manuals if not for her patient and insightful guidance. Other sources of scholarly tutelage during my doctoral degree include Virginia Aksan and Roger Savory, who both provided a wealth of suggestions and tips while writing a dissertation on the medieval Safavid dynasty. I would also like to thank Robert McChesney ...

Colin P. Mitchell
is Assistant Professor of History at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. After completing his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto, he has held both a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Fellowship and a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Cornell University.


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Note on Transliteration / ix
Acknowledgments / xi

Introduction 1
Cycles of Persian Mytho-history and Abrahamic Prophecy: Locating “Formational” Safavid Iran / 1
Working with Rhetoric and Letter-writing in Perso-Islamic History / 6
Inshā and Munshīs: A Discursive Forum / 11
The Practice of Politics in Safavid Iran: Structure and Scope / 16

1. Imp eriali zing the Apocalyps e, 1501–32 / 19
The Parousia (zuhūr) of Ismā'īl, 1494–1514 / 20
Heralding Noah’s Flood: Messianic and Mystical Innovations in the Safavid Chancellery / 30
Recovery of Persian Bureaucratic Culture and the Imperializing of Epistolary Rhetoric, 1514–24 / 46
Early Years of Tahmāsp and the Persian-Turk Paradigm, 1524–32 / 58
2. Comp eti ng Cosm ologies, 1532–55 / 68
Invective Rhetoric: al-Karakı and Models of Shi'ite Apologetic Discourse / 71
Qādī-yi Jahān Qazvīnī and the “Men of the Pen” / 88
Mystical Impulses and the Safavid Inshā Tradition / 95
3. The Second Repenta nce, 1555–76 / 104
Reorientation to Qazvın and the East / 104
Solomonic Tropes / 120
Polychromatic Impulses: 'Abdī Beg Shīrāzī and the Chancellery / 137
4. Rex Redux, 1576–98 / 145
Shāh Ismā'īl II’s Challenge to the Hierocrats / 145
The Emergence of a New Esprit de Corps under Khudābandah / 158
Narrating and Mapping a New Safavid Dominion, 1588–98 / 176

Conclusion / 198
Notes / 203
Bibliography / 264
Index / 287

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