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Remapping the World in a Fifteenth-Century Cosmography: Genres and Networks Between Deccan India and Iran

Gupta, Vivek; (2021) Remapping the World in a Fifteenth-Century Cosmography: Genres and Networks Between Deccan India and Iran. Iran , 59 (2) pp. 151-168. 10.1080/05786967.2021.1911755. Green open access

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Abstract

This article examines codicological evidence for the presence of an illustrated Persian cosmography (‘ajā’ib al-makhlūqāt) (British Library Add 23564) at the fifteenth-century Bahmani court (1347–1538) of Deccan India. It traces this manuscript's itinerary from the dating of its colophon 1441, to its place in Bahmani Bidar, to a subimperial Mughal library, to its move to ‘Adil Shahi Bijapur in 1618, and finally to its arrival at the British Library in 1860. It argues that distinguishing manuscript genre from textual genre when considering book production over a longue durée enables one to see books more clearly through the lens of their makers and readers. By establishing this cosmography's place in South Asia, this article enables it to be situated within the activity of this manuscript genre throughout the Deccan's early modern period.

Type: Article
Title: Remapping the World in a Fifteenth-Century Cosmography: Genres and Networks Between Deccan India and Iran
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/05786967.2021.1911755
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/05786967.2021.1911755
Language: English
Additional information: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Keywords: Manuscript genre, cosmography, Deccan art, codicology
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History of Art
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10181083
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