Politics, poetry, and sufism in medieval Iran : new perspectives on Jāmī's Salāmān va Absāl / by Chad G. Lingwood.
- Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2014.
- Studies in Persian cultural history ; 5.
Studies in Persian Cultural History 5
ix, 280 pages ; 25 cm.
- Jāmī, 1414-1492. Salāmān va Absāl.
Sufism -- Iran -- History.
Politics and literature -- Iran.
Iran -- History -- 1256-1500.
- In 'Politics, Poetry, and Sufism in Medieval Iran' Chad Lingwood offers new insights into the political significance of poetry and Sufism at the court of Sultan Ya'qub (d. 896/1490), leader of the Aq Qoyunlu. The basis of the study is 'Salaman va Absal', a Persian allegorical romance by 'Abd al-Rahman Jami (d. 898/1492), the great Timurid belletrist and Naqshbandi Sufi, dedicated to Ya'qub. Lingwood demonstrates that 'Salaman va Absal', which modern critics have dismissed as "crude" and "grotesque," is a sophisticated work of political and mystical advice for a Muslim ruler. In the process, he challenges received wisdom concerning Jami, the Aq Qoyunlu, and Perso-Islamic advice literature. Significantly, the study illustrates the extent to which Jami's compositions integrated the Timurid and Aq Qoyunlu realms.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- 9789004254046 (hardback : alk. paper)
9004254048 (hardback : alk. paper)
9789004255890 (e-book : alk. paper)
9004255893 (e-book : alk. paper)
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