In the Presence of Prophets and Martyrs: Religion and Cultural Memory in fifteenth-century Bukhara

Mar 18, 2024, 12:00 pm1:20 pm
Free and open to the public



Event Description

Rubina Salikuddin is an Assistant Professor on the Isabel Hamilton Benham Professorship in International Affairs and Director of the Middle Eastern, Central Asian, and North African Studies Program at Bryn Mawr College. Her current research and manuscript project is focused on late medieval notions of what was sacred. It argues that communities in fifteenth and sixteenth century Iran and Central Asia constructed the sacred around their own local and regional contexts, particularly through pilgrimage to local shrines of the holy dead.

Growing scholarship on the connected nature of the Persianate world has made a strong case for Persianizing and Islamizing tendencies present in post-Mongol Central Asia. We find some of the clearest examples of this in the ways that the Ilkhanids and the Timurids painted themselves into the great Persian epic, the Shahnameh. But did these ways of envisioning the past and in turn one’s own identity translate beyond royal courts and intellectual circles? In this talk, I examine the ways that a curated memory of Bukhara’s past glories found its way into the popular imagination.

  • Department of Near Eastern Studies
  • Near Eastern Studies Program