Ceramic Breastfeeding Figures from Iran and Syria

Ceramic Breastfeeding Figures from Iran and Syria Melanie Gibson Synopsis: In the 12th and 13th centuries, the cities of Kashan in Iran and Raqqa in Syria were sophisticated manufacturing centers of luxury pottery producing a wide range of types, including―for the first time in Islamic ceramic history―three-dimensional human figures. One of the more unusual forms…

Shahnameh

Shahnameh Roxana Zenhari Related Terms: Related Khamseen Videos: Farshid Emami, “Coffee and Coffeehouses in Ottoman and Safavid Lands, 1500-1800,” Khamseen: Islamic Art History Online, published 9 February 2021. Emine Fetvacı, “Ottoman Illustrated Histories,” Khamseen: Islamic Art History Online, published 28 August 2020. Ayşin Yoltar-Yıldırım, “The Birth Scene of Iskandar (Alexander the Great),” Khamseen: Islamic Art History…

Images of the Virgin Mary in Mughal Art

Images of the Virgin Mary in Mughal Art Mika Natif Synopsis: The Virgin Mary (Maryam) became a popular image among the Mughal ruling elite from the late 16th to the mid-17th century. Her depiction appears in single-page pictures set in albums, on wall paintings in Mughal palaces, and within illustrated manuscripts. This presentation focuses on…

Mongol Women’s Court Dress

Mongol Women’s Court Dress Eiren Shea Synopsis: This talk discusses Mongol women’s court dress, the formal attire worn by elite Mongol women across the Empire in the 13th and 14th centuries. It focuses in particular on the form of the tall hat worn by elite married women, the boqta, and the wide court robe. Through…

The Bryce Miniature Qur’an and Its Travels Across the Globe

The Bryce Miniature Qur’an and Its Travels Across the Globe Mira Xenia Schwerda Synopsis: This talk focuses on a miniature Qur’an executed in golden ink and housed in a metal locket, now held in the collection of the Centre for Research Collections at the University of Edinburgh. This Qur’an may look like a manuscript, but…

Jamiʿ al-Tawarikh: Provenance

Jamiʿ al-Tawarikh: Provenance Eleanor Lucy Deacon Synopsis: In this talk, Lucy Deacon explores the provenance of the substantial fragment of Rashid al-Din’s Jamiʿ al-Tawarikh (Compendium of Chronicles), dating to the early 14th century CE and held by the University of Edinburgh’s Heritage Collections (Or Ms 20). She considers both the marks of custodial history within the manuscript…

Jamiʿ al-Tawarikh: Images of the Prophet

Jamiʿ al-Tawarikh: Images of the Prophet Christiane Gruber Synopsis: Rashid al-Din’s Jamiʿ al-Tawarikh (Compendium of Chronicles) is considered the first universal history ever written. The Edinburgh University Library preserves an exceedingly rare and precious illustrated manuscript copy of this text made in 1307–14 CE and thus dating to the author’s time. Its cycle of paintings…

Djingareyber Mosque of Timbuktu: Expression and Innovation at the Saharan Crossroads

Djingareyber Mosque of Timbuktu: Expression and Innovation at the Saharan Crossroads Ashley Miller Synopsis: This presentation examines the history and meaning of Djingareyber Mosque, the Great Mosque of Timbuktu in Mali. Constructed beginning in the fourteenth century under the patronage of Mansa Musa (ruler of the Mali empire from 1312 to 1337), the mosque was…

Mawlid

Mawlid Marion Katz Related Terms: Related Khamseen Video: Sumru Belger Krody, “Prayer Carpets,” Khamseen: Islamic Art History Online, published 11 May 2021. Marika Sardar, “The Gwalior Qur’an,” Khamseen: Islamic Art History Online, published 28 August 2020. References: Brown, James. “ʿAzafid Ceuta, Mawlid al-Nabī and the Development of Marīnid Strategies of Legitimation,” in The Articulation of Power…

The History of the Blazon in the Mamluk Period

The History of the Blazon in the Mamluk Period Filiz Çakır Phillip Synopsis: A blazon is defined as a coat of arms or armorial bearings. Well-known blazons are often of European origins. It is lesser known that emblems and blazons were also used in the premodern Islamic world. The Artuqids, Anatolian Seljuks, Ayyubids, Rasulids, Nasrids,…