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Introduction. From Baghdad to Marāgha, Tabriz, and Beyond: Tabriz and the Multi-Cephalous Cultural, Religious, and Intellectual Landscape of the 13th to 15th Century Nile-to-Oxus Region (2013)


This is the introductory chapter of the book, which contributes to the efforts of constructing a more mature analytical framework by focusing on one specific city, Tabriz, and its cultural and intellectual life during the 13th-15th centuries. Tabriz became a center of learning where many of the scholars of Marāgha and elsewhere from Azerbaijan congregated especially at the end of the 13th and beginning of the 14th century. Under Mongol and Timurid rule multiple urban centres emerged or re-emerged as important centers of scholarly activities and the transmission of knowledge, including Marāgha, Tabriz, Sulṭāniyya, Konya, Herat, Samarqand and indeed Baghdad, Cairo and Damascus. The book demonstrates that Tabriz also hosted a vibrant community of scholars who appear to have thrived independently of political patronage, and sometimes despite of it, though often supported by affluent patrons.

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Authors & Contributors
Ragep, F. Jamil
Saliba, George A.
Barker, Peter
Bhayro, Siam
Brentjes, Sonja
Buell, Paul D.
Iranian Studies
Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Journal of World History
Suhayl: Journal for the History of the Exact and Natural Sciences in Islamic Civilisation
Tarikh-e Elm (The Iranian Journal for the History of Science)
McGill-Queen's University Press
SISMEL edizioni del Galluzzo
Arab/Islamic world, civilization and culture
Transmission of ideas
Cross-cultural interaction; cultural influence
Transmission of texts
Copernicus, Nicolaus
al-Ṭūsī, Abū Jaʿfar Muḥammad Naṣīr al-Dīn
al-Zarqali, Abu Ishaq
Chioniades, Gregory
Postel, Guillaume
Time Periods
14th century
13th century
15th century
16th century
Persia (Iran)
Tabrīz (Iran)
Ottoman Empire
Maragheh observatory

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