When the Mughal dynasty ruled over South Asia (here referring to modern-day Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Nepal), in the creation of their courtly culture and systems of administration they drew on both their Central Asian, Timurid heritage as well as pre-existing South Asian traditions. This was true also of the Mughals' architectural patronage, in which aspects of Timurid building practices were combined with characteristics of an existing, local South Asian repertoire of architecture to create a Mughal style.
While not diminishing the importance of South Asia’s impact on the architectural creations of the Mughals, this panel seeks to examine the idea of a shared cultural and artistic heritage that existed between the Mughals and other Persian-speaking societies and kingdoms. Therefore, papers presenting new research on Indo-Islamic architecture of the Mughal-era (1526-1858) as part of an architectural tradition belonging to the wider Persianate world, a broad region including Iran, the Caucasus, Central Asia, South Asia, and some parts of the former Ottoman Empire, are welcome.
Possible themes to consider include, but are not limited to: the movement of architects and/or craftsmen between the Mughal Empire and other parts of the Persianate world; architectural forms and/or decoration used within and throughout the Indo-Iranian region; papers which focus on a single building or group of buildings that were built in South Asia but looked to a Persianate heritage for their creation, or a monument or group of structures created within the wider Persianate world that were indebted to Mughal architecture for theirs; exploring the commonality between the architecture of the Indo-Iranian world through texts, visual representations and archaeology.
Please submit abstracts no later than June 6, 2014
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