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Isfahan and its Palaces

Statecraft, Shi`ism and the Architecture of Conviviality in Early Modern Iran

Sussan Babaie

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Winner of the Houshang Pourshariati Iranian Studies Book Award 2009

This beautifully illustrated history of Safavid Isfahan (1501–1722) explores the architectural and urban forms and networks of socio-cultural action that reflected a distinctly early-modern and Perso-Shi‘i practice of kingship.

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1. Introduction: Conviviality, Charismatic Absolutism, and the Persianizing of Shi‘ism
2. Peripatetic Kings and Palaces: From Tabriz to Qazvin in the Sixteenth Century
3. Dwelling in Paradise, or Isfahan “Half the World”
4. Architectural (Re)Persianization of Muslim Kingship: The Daulatkhane (The Abode of Felicity) Royal Precinct
5. Inventing the Spatial Choreography of Feasting: the Talar Palaces of Isfahan
6. Feasting and the Perso-Shi‘i Etiquette of Kingship
7. Safavid Dynastic Chart
8. A Buildings’ Chart

About the Author

Sussan Babaie is currently teaching at The Courtauld Institute of Art in London, where her research focuses on imperialism and artistic patronage in Persianate West, Central and South Asia where high culture derived from the literary corpus of the Persian language. She has previously taught in the Department of the History of Art at the University of Michigan, Smith College, and New York University. Sussan is co-author of Slaves of the Shah: New Elites of Safavid Iran (2004) and Persian Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1989).

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