Event: *Wednesday, March 12
(*note changed date)
from Upheaval: Lineages, Patronage, and the Alliance of Convenience
between Islamic Scholars and Turkic Nobility
Presenter: James Pickett (HIS)
Throughout Islamdom family dynasties of the ulama have shown remarkable longevity and resilience in the face of constantly shifting politics. The conquest of Transoxiana by Nadir Shah in 1740 and the subsequent entrenchment of the Manghit dynasty in Bukhara offered the opportunity for new families of scholars to secure material resources and prestige. Relying primarily on unpublished Persian- and Arabic-language biographical materials, this chapter traces the rise to prominence of several such families of ulama during this period of transition in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries and follows the careers of their descendants and acolytes into the early twentieth century. The scholars reaping political windfall from this dramatic political upheaval bequeathed a remarkably stable social power dynamic to their heirs, who formed the core of a Persianate elite buttressing Central Asian society until the Bolshevik conquest. The chapter argues that a seemingly esoteric set of scholarly competencies (poetry, mysticism, jurisprudence, calligraphy, inter alia) were in fact of critical value to the Turkic military elite who patronized the ulama, particularly in periods of crisis.
Discussant: Michael Reynolds (NES)
102 Jones Hall
12pm-1:20pm. A light lunch will be served.
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All meetings will take place in Jones 102 at 12pm unless otherwise noted:
Thursday, February 20 (Rescheduled due to weather)
Presenter: Simon Fuchs (NES)
Title: "Importing the Revolution: Pakistani Readings of the Islamic Republic of Iran"
Thursday, February 27
Presenter: Jacob Olidort (NES)
Title: "The Politics of the Publishing Industry: Albani and al-Maktab al-Islami"
Wednesday, March 12
Presenter: James Pickett (HIS)
Title: "Opportunity from Upheaval: Lineages, Patronage, and the Alliance of Convenience between Islamic Scholars and Turkic Nobility"
Thursday, March 27
Presenter: Nathan Hodson (NES)
Title: "Business-State Relations Under Ibn Sa'ud: A Study in Political Consolidation in Early Saudi Arabia (1925-1953)"
Thursday, April 10
Presenter: Kevan Harris (NES)
Title: "Creating a Martyrs Welfare State: 1979, War, and the Survival of the Islamic Republic"
Thursday, April 24
Presenter: Daniel Sheffield (NES/ Society of Fellows)
Title: "Colonizing the Persianate: Gender, Patronage, and Empire in the Georgenāma of Mullā Fīrūz"
Thursday, May 8
Presenter: Usaama al-Azami (NES)
Title: "Islamic Laws of Rebellion in the Wake of the Arab Revolutions"