SOAS University of London

Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Illuminated Islamic Manuscripts of Konya 1270s-1330s

Illuminated Islamic Manuscripts of Konya 1270s-1330s
Cailah Jackson

Date: 26 April 2018Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 26 April 2018Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B104

Type of Event: Seminar

Note: Internal event not open to external attendees.

Abstract: This presentation will discuss several illuminated manuscripts produced in Konya between 1278 and 1332. Consisting mainly of works by Jalal al-Din Rumi and Sultan Walad, most of this material has not been published in detail or studied within a broader cultural framework. The talk will outline the diverse decorative features of these manuscripts, and their codicological properties. It will demonstrate that Konya – despite frequent outbreaks of violence, and the absence of an effective centralised governing structure in the region – possessed an active artistic scene that was populated by Seljuk bureaucrats, Mevlevi dervishes, converts from Christianity, and Turkmen beys.

Convened by Professor Anna Contadini