Lives of the prophets : the illustrations to Hafiz-i Abru's "Assembly of Chronicles"

Professorship/Faculty: Fakultät Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften: Abschlussarbeiten 
Authors: Ghiasian, Mohamad Reza
Publisher Information: Leiden ; Boston : Brill
Year of publication: 2018
Pages / Size: XV, 343 Seiten : Illustrationen
ISBN: 978-90-04-37721-9
Series ; Volume: Studies in Persian cultural history ; volume 16
Supervisor(s): Korn, Lorenz  
Language(s): English
Dissertation, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, 2016. - Erscheint auch als Online-Ausgabe
Document Type: Doctoralthesis
The bibliophile character of the Timurid ruler Shahrukh (r. 1405–1447) and his patronage of historical, religious, poetical, and scientific books in Herat are well-known. During Shahrukh’s reign, book production was an important device for dynastic claims, representing one of the most significant portrayals of his tendencies. In 826/1422-3, the famous Timurid historiographer Hafiz-i Abru at the request of the sultan began to compose a universal history titled “Majmaʿ al-Tawarikh”. Hafiz-i Abru was also charged to complete several fragmentary manuscripts of Jamiʿ al-Tawarikh, which had been produced under the patronage of their author Rashid al-Din (d. 1318) at the Rabʿ-i Rashidi.
This dissertation analyzes the two extant illustrated copies of the Majmaʿ al-Tawarikh, which were commissioned at the order of Shahrukh in the third decade of the fifteenth-century. The pre-Islamic sections of both manuscripts comprise the first volume of Hafiz-i Abru’s Majmaʿ al-Tawarikh and their other sections consist of Rashid al-Din’s Jamiʿ al-Tawarikh. These codices have very complicated histories and carry paintings from earlier and later periods. The first manuscript, which consists of 435 leaves and 143 illustrated pages, is housed in the Topkapı Sarayı Library with the inventory number of “Hazine 1653”. The second manuscript once had 407 folios of which 150 were illustrated. Presently it is widely dispersed in more than fifty public and private collections around the world.
Release Date: 24. February 2016