The Seljuqs and their Successors

Art, Culture and History

Margaret Graves
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Edited by Sheila Canby, Deniz Beyazit, Martina Rugiadi

Renowned scholars present key new thinking on art, sciences, belief and history in the Seljuq period

  • Draws on new and updated use of historical sources
  • Opens new paths in the research on magic beliefs, religion, astronomy, the concept of craftsmanship versus artistry, interaction between rulers and elites, ethno-religious and ethno-cultural diversity and emigration of people
  • Case studies on the treatment of art objects (the oldest extant Shahnama, and a unique stucco panel) show innovations in conservation practices and set new strategies in dealing with restored objects
  • Includes a comprehensive comparison of Seljuq and Ghaznavid titulature: a key tool for any kingship-related research in the fields of history, epigraphy, archaeology and art history

Rising from nomadic origins as Turkish tribesmen, the powerful and culturally prolific Seljuqs and their successor states dominated vast lands extending from Central Asia to the eastern Mediterranean from the eleventh to the fourteenth century.

Part VI: Objects and Material Culture
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