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Lecture | Worlds to Discover: Manuscripts from the Muslim World

Worlds to Discover: 16th Century Shiraz Manuscripts

Tuesday 8 November 2022
Worlds to Discover: Manuscripts from the Muslim World
University Library
Witte Singel 27
2311 BG Leiden
Hensius Room

This talk will discuss illustrated Safavid manuscripts from 16th century Shiraz, which was a provincial center, but had been an important manuscript production center from at least the fourteenth century. During the 16th century Shiraz manuscripts, which were stylistically easily identifiable, outnumbered those from all other centers combined. Shiraz manuscripts lack patrons’ names and thus were made to be sold or presented to an unknown recipient rather than on commission, and can be considered as commercial manuscripts, but especially from the mid-century onwards they were deliberately made to resemble their royal counterparts, and were intended for consumption by courtly circles.

About Lâle Uluç

Lâle Uluç completed her PhD at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University and taught at Boğaziçi University. Her research focuses on Persian and Ottoman manuscripts. Her publications include various articles, book chapters, edited books and books on Shiraz manuscripts as well as illustrated works of Ali Shir Nava’i.

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