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Iran and the Deccan
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Iran and the Deccan
Persianate Art, Culture, and Talent in Circulation, 1400-1700
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Beginning in the early 1400s, large numbers of Iranian elites began migrating to the Deccan plateau of southern India. Lured to the region for many reasons, these poets, traders, statesmen, and artists of all kinds left an indelible mark on the Islamic sultanates that ruled the Deccan until the late seventeenth century. The result was the creation of a robust transregional Persianate network linking such distant cities as Bidar and Shiraz, Bijapur and Isfahan, and Golconda and Mashhad.

Iran and the Deccan explores the circulation of art, culture, and talent between Iran and the Deccan over a three hundred year period. Its interdisciplinary contributions consider the factors that prompted migration, the physical and intellectual poles of connectivity between the two regions, and processes of adaptation and response. Placing the Deccan at the center of Indo-Persian and early modern global history, Iran and the Deccan reveals how mobility, liminality, and cultural translation nuance the traditional methods and boundaries of the humanities.

Beginning in the early 1400s, large numbers of Iranian elites began migrating to the Deccan plateau of southern India. Lured to the region for many reasons, these poets, traders, statesmen, and artists of all kinds left an indelible mark on the Islamic sultanates that ruled the Deccan until the late seventeenth century. The result was the creation of a robust transregional Persianate network linking such distant cities as Bidar and Shiraz, Bijapur and Isfahan, and Golconda and Mashhad.

Iran and the Deccan explores the circulation of art, culture, and talent between Iran and the Deccan over a three hundred year period. Its interdisciplinary contributions consider the factors that prompted migration, the physical and intellectual poles of connectivity between the two regions, and processes of adaptation and response. Placing the Deccan at the center of Indo-Persian and early modern global history, Iran and the Deccan reveals how mobility, liminality, and cultural translation nuance the traditional methods and boundaries of the humanities.

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  • Muzaffar Alam is George V. Bobrinskoy Professor in South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago.

    Jake Benson is a Ph.D. candidate at the Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS) completing his dissertation on the early history of paper marbling in the Islamic world.

    Sheila Blair shares the Norma Jean Calderwood University Professor of Islamic and Asian Art at Boston College and the Hamad bin Khalifa Endowed Chair of Islamic Art at Virginia Commonwealth University with her husband and colleague Jonathan Bloom.

    Jonathan Bloom shares the Norma Jean Calderwood University Professor of Islamic and Asian Art at Boston College and the Hamad bin Khalifa Endowed Chair of Islamic Art at Virginia Commonwealth University with his wife and colleague Sheila Blair.

    Subah Dayal is Assistant Professor of South Asian history at Tulane University.

    Peyvand Firouzeh specializes in the spatial and material cultures of the Islamic world, with a focus on early modern Iran and India.

    Roy S. Fischel is a Lecturer (assistant professor) in the History of South Asia at SOAS University of London.

    Hamidreza Ghelichkhani is a scholar of Persian calligraphy and a member of the Iran Academy of Arts.

    Maryam Habibi is a curator at Astan-i Quds-i Razavi (Shrine of Imam Riza, Mashhad), where she focuses on manuscripts and calligraphy.

    Arash Khazeni is Associate Professor of History at Pomona College.

    Kimia Maleki received her M.A. in Arts Administration and Policy from School of the Art Institute of Chicago and previously she served as project assistant at the Persepolis Fortification Archive, Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago.

    Keelan Overton is an independent scholar and historian of art specializing in the eastern Islamic world.

    Rachel Parikh is the Calderwood Curatorial Fellow in South Asian Studies at the Harvard Art Museums.

    Kristine Rose-Beers is Senior Conservator at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin.

    Sunil Sharma is Professor of Persian & Indian Literatures at Boston University.

    Sanjay Subrahmanyam is Distinguished Professor of History and Irving and Jean Stone Endowed Chair in Social Sciences at the University of California in Los Angeles.

    Wheeler Thackston is a retired scholar of Persian whose works include translations of Babur's and Jahangir's memoirs and Abu'l-Fazl's Akbarnama.

    Bruce Wannell is an independent scholar, linguist, and traveler based in York.

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  • Acknowledgments

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    1. Introduction to Iranian Mobilities and Persianate Mediations in the Deccan / Keelan Overton

    2. Iran and the Doors to the Deccan, ca. 1400–1650: Some Aspects / Muzaffar Alam and Sanjay Subrahmanyam

    3. Excerpt on Yusuf Beg 'Adil Khan, from Rafi' al-Din Shirazi's Tazkirat al-Muluk / Translated by Wheeler Thackston

    4. Ghariban in the Deccan: Migration, Elite Mobility, and the Making and Unmaking of an Early Modern State / Roy S. Fischel

    5. Dynastic Self-Fashioning and the Arts of the Pen: Sufi and Calligraphy Networks between Fifteenth-Century Shiraz and Bidar / Peyvand Firouzeh

    6. From Iran to the Deccan: Architectural Transmission and the Madrasa of Mahmud Gavan at Bidar / Sheila Blair and Jonathan Bloom

    7. Qur'an Manuscript No. 106 Copied by 'Abd al-Qadir al-Husayni al-Shirazi and Endowed to the Shrine of Imam Riza by Ibrahim Qutb Shah / Maryam Habibi, translated by Arash Khazeni

    8. Vaqfnama of Ibrahim Qutb Shah in the 'Abd al-Qadir Qur'an Manuscript Endowed to the Shrine of Imam Riza / Translated by Jake Benson

    9. Faith and Fate: The Khalili Falnama and Shi'i Identity in Golconda / Rachel Parikh

    10. Indo-Persian Histories from the Object Out: The St Andrews Qur'an Manuscript between Timurid, Safavid, Mughal, and Deccani Worlds / Keelan Overton and Kristine Rose-Beers (with contributions by Bruce Wannell)

    11. The Qita'at-i Khushkhatt Album: Authenticity and Provenance / Jake Benson

    12. Khalilullah "Padishah of the Pen": Royal Scribe and Ambassador of Shah 'Abbas and Ibrahim 'Adil Shah II / Hamidreza Ghelichkhani, translated by Kimia Maleki and Jake Benson

    13. Forging a Canon of Dakhni Literature: Translations and Retellings from Persian / Sunil Sharma

    14. On Heroes and History: Responding to The Shahnama in the Deccan, 1500–1800 / Subah Dayal

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