Tag Archives: Tabriz

Local Aristocrats in a Time of Critical Dynastic Change

Two Notable Families of Tabriz Facing the New Ṣafavid Order [DYNTRAN Working Paper 26, July 2017]


The Ṣafavid conquest of Tabriz in 906/1501 marks a watershed in the history of Iran and the Islamic Middle East. By taking control of the city the young Ismāʿīl earned the right to proclaim himself king of Iran. In this capacity he also declared Imami Shiism to be the Continue reading Local Aristocrats in a Time of Critical Dynastic Change

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

Transmission of Architectural Models in Iran

A note on the “Topkapi Scroll” in Qarâ Qoyunlu and Âq Qoyunlu Ceramic Tile Panels [DYNTRAN WORKING PAPER 12, May 2016]

by Sandra AUBE (Mapping by Emmanuel GIRAUDET)

Iranian monuments from Qarâ Qoyunlu (782-873/1380-1468) and Âq Qoyunlu (780-914/1378-1508) dynasties are still covered with fine and intricate ceramic tile panels (Aube 2016 [A]). Architectural drawings were used to determine a compositional pattern. Such Continue reading Transmission of Architectural Models in Iran

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