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Intellectual Networks in Timurid Iran

Sharaf al-Din 'Ali Yazdi and the Islamicate Republic of Letters

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By focusing on the works and intellectual network of the Timurid historian Sharaf al Din 'Ali Yazdi (d.1454), this book presents a holistic view of intellectual life in fifteenth century Iran. Ilker Evrim Binbas argues that the intellectuals in this period formed informal networks which transcended political and linguistic boundaries, and spanned an area from the western fringes of the Ottoman State to bustling late medieval metropolises such as Cairo, Shiraz, and Samarkand. The network included an Ottoman revolutionary, a Mamluk prophet, and a Timurid occultist, as well as physicians, astronomers, devotees of the secret sciences, and those political figures who believed that the network was a force to be taken seriously. Also discussing the formation of an early modern Islamicate republic of letters, this book offers fresh insights on the study of intellectual history beyond the limitations imposed by nationalist methodologies, established genres, and recognized literary traditions.

Product code: 9781107689336

ISBN 9781107689336
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H230xW155xS20
No. Of Pages 364
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Series Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization
Discusses the importance of informal intellectual networks and the formation of the republic of letters in Islamic history. The book focuses on the fifteenth century Timurid, Ottoman, and Mamluk empires, and traces the connections between intellectuals in these three early modern Islamic polities.