Walter POHL – Andre GINGRICH (Eds.)


Empires: Elements of Cohesion and
Signs of Decay

medieval worlds 2 (2015)


ISSN 2412-3196
Online Edition

ISBN 978-3-7001-7916-0
Online Edition

 
Indexed by:  DOAJ  ERIH-PLUS, EZB, Crossref, DOAJ


MEDIEVAL WORLDS provides a new forum for interdisciplinary and transcultural studies of the Middle Ages. Specifically it encourages and links comparative research between different regions and fields and promotes methodological innovation in transdisciplinary studies. Focusing on the Middle Ages (c. 400-1500 CE, but can be extended whenever thematically fruitful or appropriate), MEDIEVAL WORLDS takes a global approach to studying history in a comparative setting.
MEDIEVAL WORLDS is open to regular submissions on comparative topics, but also offers the possibility to propose or advertise subjects that lend themselves to comparison. With a view to connecting people working on related topics in different academic environments, we publish calls for matching articles and for contributions on particular issues.

Table of Contents

Walter POHL, Editor’s Introduction: Empires – Elements of Cohesion and Signs of Decay
Mayke DE JONG, The Empire that was always Decaying: The Carolingians (800-888)
Simon MACLEAN, Cross-Channel Marriage and Royal Succession in the Age of Charles the Simple and Athelstan (c. 916-936)
Andrew J. NEWMAN, ›Great Men‹, ›Decline‹ and Empire: Safavid Studies and a Way Forward?
Jeroen DUINDAM, Dynasties
Susan REYNOLDS, Nations, Tribes, Peoples and States
Glenn BOWMAN, Lieux Saints Partagés: An Analytical Review

ONGOING RESEARCH PROJECT

Johannes PREISER-KAPELLER, Calculating the Middle Ages? The Project »Complexities and Networks in the Medieval Mediterranean and Near East« (COMMED)

The journal is funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).

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Walter POHL – Andre GINGRICH (Eds.)


Empires: Elements of Cohesion and
Signs of Decay

medieval worlds 2 (2015)


ISSN 2412-3196
Online Edition

ISBN 978-3-7001-7916-0
Online Edition

 
Indexed by:  DOAJ  ERIH-PLUS, EZB, Crossref, DOAJ

Andrew J. Newman
PDF Icon  ›Great Men‹, ›Decline‹ and Empire: Safavid Studies and a Way Forward? ()
S.  45 - 58
doi:10.1553/medievalworlds_no2_2015s45
Abstract:
This paper first suggests that the paradigms utilised in the study of the Safavid period in Iran (1501-1722) in the West prior to the 1979-80 Iranian Revolution have since been given a new lease on life by scholars in the field, perhaps coincidentally with the distinctly ›Islamic‹ turn quickly taken by that revolution. Now, as prior to the Revolution, ›great men‹ and ›decline‹ are the organising principle(s) of discussions in Safavid studies. These paradigms dominate the field today, even as both the number of scholars active in the study of the period and the number of the field’s sub disciplines have markedly increased in the years since the Revolution. It will then be argued that the more recent recourse to ›empire‹ as an organising principle for discussing the period has, in fact, only reinforced recourse to the above paradigms. As a result the field’s discourse generally heightens a sense of overall Safavid ›exceptionalism‹, as if the period represented a major break with the dynamics of the periods in Iranian history that both preceded and followed. A more dynamic understanding of empire, however, and finally, suggests that the period less marked a radical break either with Iran’s pre-1501 history or with its more recent past and even the present than is conventionally suggested.

Keywords:  Iran; Islam; Safavids; empire; Shi`ism; decline; theory; Middle East; great man; theory; Iranian Revolution.
Published Online:  2015/12/01 12:28:13
Object Identifier:  0xc1aa5576 0x0032965c

MEDIEVAL WORLDS provides a new forum for interdisciplinary and transcultural studies of the Middle Ages. Specifically it encourages and links comparative research between different regions and fields and promotes methodological innovation in transdisciplinary studies. Focusing on the Middle Ages (c. 400-1500 CE, but can be extended whenever thematically fruitful or appropriate), MEDIEVAL WORLDS takes a global approach to studying history in a comparative setting.
MEDIEVAL WORLDS is open to regular submissions on comparative topics, but also offers the possibility to propose or advertise subjects that lend themselves to comparison. With a view to connecting people working on related topics in different academic environments, we publish calls for matching articles and for contributions on particular issues.

Table of Contents

Walter POHL, Editor’s Introduction: Empires – Elements of Cohesion and Signs of Decay
Mayke DE JONG, The Empire that was always Decaying: The Carolingians (800-888)
Simon MACLEAN, Cross-Channel Marriage and Royal Succession in the Age of Charles the Simple and Athelstan (c. 916-936)
Andrew J. NEWMAN, ›Great Men‹, ›Decline‹ and Empire: Safavid Studies and a Way Forward?
Jeroen DUINDAM, Dynasties
Susan REYNOLDS, Nations, Tribes, Peoples and States
Glenn BOWMAN, Lieux Saints Partagés: An Analytical Review

ONGOING RESEARCH PROJECT

Johannes PREISER-KAPELLER, Calculating the Middle Ages? The Project »Complexities and Networks in the Medieval Mediterranean and Near East« (COMMED)

The journal is funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).



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