The Banu Qadi ‘Ajlun: Family or Dynasty?

[DYNTRAN WORKING PAPER 19, December 2016]

by Torsten WOLLINA

In this contribution, I will present two additions to the conceptualization of ‘family’ in the context of premodern Islamicate societies. Firstly, I propose that we should understand ‘family’ as a symbolic resource in knowledge transmission, which could have as Continue reading The Banu Qadi ‘Ajlun: Family or Dynasty?

Deux familles de l’Ancien Régime

Les héritiers de fonctionnaires civils au Caire au XVIe siècle   [DYNTRAN WORKING PAPER 18, November 2016]

by Nicolas MICHEL

La représentation de soi de la bonne société cairote, XVe -XVIe s.

Durant toute l’époque mamelouke, la production narrative fut intense, prenant deux formes principales : des chroniques souvent extraordinairement détaillées, et des dictionnaires biographiques qui couvraient soit des catégories spécifiques de la population, soit Continue reading Deux familles de l’Ancien Régime

Understanding Merchants in Ottoman Cairo: A Review

[DYNTRAN WORKING PAPER 17, October 2016]

by Anthony T. QUICKEL

A growing body of scholarship on Ottoman Cairo has given better insight into the life and work of the city’s merchants. This corpus provides a scope of studies from micro-histories of some of Cairo’s individual merchants and their dealings and interactions with others Continue reading Understanding Merchants in Ottoman Cairo: A Review

Poetry and Families

Preliminary reflections on the Divan of Muhammad Kujuji (788/1386)      [DYNTRAN WORKING PAPER 16, September 2016]

By Christoph WERNER

Placing poetry and families side by side evokes the idea of kin groups of writers, poets and literary artists whether brothers, sisters or other close relatives: in modern European literature the Brontë sisters or the Mann family easily come to mind. With regard to Continue reading Poetry and Families

A Family of Calligraphers in Turkmen Architecture

The case of Kamâl al-din b. Shihâb al-Kâteb al-Yazdi*           [DYNTRAN WORKING PAPER 15, August 2016]

By Sandra AUBE

Signatures of craftsmen are very limited in Medieval Iranian architecture. About twenty emerged from Qarâ Qoyunlu (782-873/1380-1468) and Âq Qoyunlu (780-914/1378-1508) architecture; most of them are related to calligraphers (see Continue reading A Family of Calligraphers in Turkmen Architecture