Tag Archives: Sufism

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

Building a Family Shrine in Ottoman Cairo

Five Waqf Endowments by Fāḍila daughter of Shaykh Muḥammad al-Bakrī, 1619-1629 [DYNTRAN WORKING PAPER 11, April 2016]

by Adam SABRA

The construction of a family tomb that may also function as a shrine is critical moment in the construction of a dynasty. Although this phenomenon is most closely associated with Sufism, ruling families also built family tombs, usually as part of larger waqf complexes. Continue reading Building a Family Shrine in Ottoman Cairo

Calligrapher Families of Tabriz

Calligrapher Families of Tabriz (8th/14th–10th/16th centuries) [DYNTRAN WORKING PAPER 9, February 2016]


Calligraphers enjoyed enormous prestige in the medieval and early modern Middle East. In Iran and adjacent lands where Persian flourished artistic traditions of writing the language matured between the 8th/14th and 10th/16th centuries Continue reading Calligrapher Families of Tabriz