IM@T - Remembering the Barmakids in a Persian Fürstenspiegel

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Islamicate Manuscripts and Texts (IM@T) Reading Colloquium

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The Faculty of Oriental Studies, Oxford

1 December 2020: Remembering the Barmakids in a Persian Fürstenspiegel

Arezou Azad, Programme Director, Invisible East and Senior Research Fellow

Pejman Firoozbakhsh, AHRC-PersDoc Post-doctoral Researcher

Convenor: Dr Arezou Azad, Programme Director, Invisible East, Oriental Institue (; with Tommy Benfey and Dr Zhan Zhang, ERC-Go.Local Post-doctoral Researchers.


Islamicate culture, in the words of Marshall Hodgson, refers to “the social and cultural complex historically associated with Islam and the Muslims, both among Muslims themselves and even when found among non-Muslims.” In this colloquium, we will read texts from the Islamicate world, from Nile to Oxus and beyond, written in different languages and scripts of the pre-modern Islamicate world, including Arabic, New Persian, Middle Persian, Pāzand, and Hebrew.


Weekly online sessions every Tuesday of Michaelmas Term 2020 of up to 90 mins, each on a new document or set of documents from one part of the Islamicate world. Each session has 2 parts. 1) Speakers in the first 45 minutes give a historiographical, historical, and/or literary context to the texts. Participants to do not need to know the primary source language (first 45 minutes). 2) The subsequent 45 minutes are devoted to a close, group reading of the text (s) by participants familiar with the source language. Participants need not attend both parts, and can join whichever part they prefer.

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