ASPS Biennial Convention 2012

The Fifth Biennial Convention of the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies

Hyderabad, India, January 4-8, 2012

Tentative Program:

Hyderabad Convention Abstracts (PDF)


January 4, 16:00

Inaugural Programme

DDE Auditorium

Opening Remarks

Dr.Salma Farooqui, Chair of the Host Committee, MANUU

Prof. Shahid Mehdi, Vice President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations

Welcome Address

Dr. Habib Borjian, ASPS Secretary-Treasurer

Keynote Address

Travelogues in Persian and Urdu

Prof. Mushirul Hasan, Director General of the National Archives of India

Address by the Chief Guest

Janab Salman Khursheed, Hon’ble Union Minister for Law & Justice and Minority Affairs

Address by the President

The Ethics and Praxis of Mehr and Mithras and Social Institution of the Ayyārs in the Persianate World

Prof. Parvaneh Pourshariati, ASPS President

Presidential Address

Prof. Mohammad Miyan, Vice Chancellor Maulana Azad National Urdu University

Vote of Thanks

Prof. Ishtiaq Ahmad Zilli, IASPS, India

 Master of Ceremonies: Prof. Saïd Amir Arjomand, ASPS Founder & Past-President


Thursday 5 January, 9:00-10:45


1. Persianate Court Culture in India

Chair: Ziauddin Ahmed Shakeb, Consultant to Christies, London

Library Auditorium


Understanding Power and Court Ceremonial of the Qutb Shahis

Salma Farooqui

Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad


The Power of Poetry or How a Few Well Written Lines made a Battle-hardened Warrior Change his Mind

Benedek Péri

Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest


Mughal Agra/Akbarabad as reflected in the Persian tazkiras

Zarina Khan

Womens College, Aligarh Muslim University


Sarkar-e-Khodadad: Persian in the Court of Tipu Sultan of Mysore, 1782-99

Madhabi Rupa Roy
Independent Scholar

2. Religious Beliefs and Sacred and Secular Forms of Art

Chair: Vasant Kumar Bawa, Deccan Studies

CPDUMT Auditorium


Mir’āt al-Quds or the Holy Mirror: The Making of the Fifth Mughal Book of Gospels

Gulfishan Khan

Aligarh Muslim University


Onion and Mandrake: Plants in the Yezidi Beliefs

Victoria Arakelova



Contemporary Iranian Theatre and its Ambiguous Relations towards Islam

Liliane Anjo

Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris


Paradoxical Influence of Islamic Education on Contemporary Actors’ Performances in Iran

Nathalie Matti

École doctorale d'esthétique, science et technologie des arts, Paris


Thursday 5 January, 11:00-12:45

3. Hyderabad: Society and Culture

Chair: Suleman Siddiqi, former Vice Chancellor, Osmania University

Library Auditorium

The Devotion of Hyderabadi Urdu Poets to Hazarat ‘Abbas b. ‘Ali (A.S.)

Sadiq Naqvi

Osmania University (retired)


Medical and Historical significance of Darul Shifa: A General Hospital in Hyderabad, Deccan, during the 16th Century

Syed Ayub Ali

Kakatiya University

Warangal, Andhra Pradesh


Analysis and Investigation of “The Report of the Siege of Hyderabad” Based on Iranian Libraries Manuscripts

Mohammad Hakimazar

Islamic Azad University, Shahrekord


Indo-Muslim Culture in Hyderabad: Old City Neighborhoods in the Nineteenth Century

Karen Leonard

UC Irvine

Hyderabad in Two Unknown Persian Manuscripts

Farnaz Naghizade

Islamic Azad University, Islamabad Gharb Branch, Iran


4. <span >Isma'ili and Twelver Shi'i Narrative Traditions of Iran and the Pamir

Chair: Ismail K. Poonawala, University of California, Los Angeles

CPDUMT Auditorium

The Motif of the Cave: Nasir-i Khusraw and the Narrative Tradition of Badakhshan

Jo-Ann Gross

History Department, The College of New Jersey

Hasaniya’s Treatise: Shi’ism, Translation, and the Risāla in Early Safavid Period

Rosemary Stanfield-Johnson

University of Minnesota, Duluth

King of Men: ‘Ali b. Abi Talib in the Wakhi Oral Tradition

Abdulmamad Iloliev

SOAS, University of London

Ismaili Oral and Written Traditions In Lotkoh Valley

Hidayat Ur Rahman

Jughoor, Chitral, Pakistan

Thursday 5 January, 14:00-15:45


5. Indo-Persian Historiography

Chair: Charles Melville, The University of Cambridge

Library Auditorium


‘Alā al-Din Juwayni on the Good, the Bad and the Indifferent

Beatrice Forbes Manz

Tufts University


A New Glance at Persian Historiography in India: Case Study: History of Firashtah

Ali Mohammad Tarafdari

Encyclopeaedia Islamica Foundation


Persian Historiography in Kashmir: A study in Methodology

G.N. Khaki

Kashmir, India


The Parsis of India and Innovations in Iranian Historiography

Hossein Abadian

Imam Khomeini International University, Tehran


6. Persianate Art, Architecture and Music

Chair: George Sanikidze, <span >Tsereteli Institute of Oriental Studies of the Ilia State University

CPDUMT Auditorium


The Formation of the Great Congregation Mosque of Yazd: Converted Pre-Islamic Constructions

Sedigheh Golshan

Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran


Isfahan, as a Chahār-bāgh Conceived Garden City

Dariush Borbor

Independent Scholar


Decoration of Copies of Rumi’s Masnawi in Badakhshan (19th century)

Umed Mamadsherzodshoev

University of Central Asia, Tajikistan


The Importance of Rubab (a traditional instrument) and Its Role in the Culture of Isma’ilis of Badakhshan

Haydar Tawakkalov

Khorog University


Thursday 5 January, 16:00-17:45

7. Philosophy and Mysticism

Chair: M. Asif Naim Siddiqi, Aligarh Muslim University<span >

Library Auditorium

Minding the Body: al-Daylami's Jawāher al-asrār

Lisa Alexandrin

University of Manitoba, Canada

The Concept of Intellect in al-Qoshayri’s Resāla

Eliza Tasbihi

Concordia University, Canada

Mystical Exegesis in Modern Iran: The Case of the Gonābādī Order and Rezā-‘Ali-Shāh’s Commentary on Three Qur’ānic Stories

Alessandro Cancian

Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, UK

<span >An Early Twentieth Century Interpretation of Rumi

<span >Ishtiyaq Ahmad Zilli

<span >Aligarh Muslim University and Darul Musannefin Shibli Academy<span >


8. Diplomacy and Travel

Chair: Victoria Arakelova, Yerevan State University

CPDUMT Auditorium

Diplomacy and Poetry: Khosrow Mirza’s Commemorative Inscription Revisited

Grigol Beradze

G. Tsereteli Institute of Oriental Studies, Tbilisi

Role and Influence of Safavid Iran in the Formation of Modern Diplomacy

Aurélie Chabrier

University of Toulouse II-Le Mirail

Notes of an Ex-Officer of Napoleon: Lieutenant Theodore Hettier’s Report “Note sur la Perse” (1822)

Irène Natchkebia

G. Tsereteli Institute of Oriental Studies of the Ilia State University


Aghniashvili’s “Persia and Persian Georgians’ Traveler’s Letters”: A Georgian Scholar’s Account of Iran in 1895-96

Irina Koshoridze

Georgian National Museum and Tbilisi State University


Thursday 5 January, 19:30

Convention Banquet (VIP Guest House)


Friday 6 January, 9:00-10:45


9. Artistic Production in the Persianate Sphere

Chair: Sajjad Shahid, Heritage Conservationist, INTACH

Library Auditorium


Rubrics and Chapter Headings in Texts of the Shāhnāma

Charles Melville

The University of Cambridge


A Mughal Shāhnāma from Ahmedabad: Sub-Imperial or Provincial?

Sunil Sharma

Boston University


The “Boomerang-Narratives” of the Shāhnāma and their Cultural Mechanism

Nader Purnaqcheband, University of Halle-Wittenberg


Comparisons of Iranian and Central Asian Handicraft Regulation

D. Atadjanova

Institute of history of Uzbekistan


10. Iranian History and Contemporary Historiography

Chair: Saïd Amir Arjomand

CPDUMT Auditorium


Some Observations on the New Findings on Slavery in the Safavid Era

Rasool Jafarian

The Majles Library and the University of Tehran


Several tughrākash in the Service of Mirzā Habibullāh Sadr-e Mamālik-e Mahrusa

Omid Reza’i

Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies, Tehran


Some Perspectivs on Decolonizing Methodology

Ebrahim Towfigh

Allameh Tabataba'i University, Tehran


Colonial Methodology and the Problems of Recontextualising Historical Agents

Mehdi Yusefi

Tehran University


Colonial Genres Analysis and Postcolonial Historiography

Amir Khorasani

Allameh Tabataba'i University, Tehran

Friday 6 January, 11:00-12:45


11. Pre-Islamic Iran and Its Heritage

Chair: R.L. Hangloo, University of Hyderabad

Library Auditorium


Some Peculiarities of the Sad dar Nasr and Sad dar Bundahishn: Persian Zoroastrian Texts from India

Askar Bahrami

Centre for Iranian and Islamic Studies, Tehran


Why should Iranians observe their Valentine’s Day on February 14?

The Avestan cult of Spandarmad down to the 1960s

Habib Borjian

Encyclopeadia Iranica, New York


Sudāba against Siyāvosh: legal case or love story?

Firuza Melville

University of Cambridge


Zawulistan and Kawulistan between India and Iran in Late Antiquity

Khodadad Rezakhani

London School of Economics


12. Linguistics

Chair: Firoozeh Papan-Matin, Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Scholar

CPDUMT Auditorium


New Persian Etymologies and the Etymological Dictionary of Persian

Garnik Asatrian

Yerevan State University


On Phonetic and Semantic Peculiarities of Ossetic-Georgian Mutual Borrowings

Tork Dalalyan

Centre arménien des Mekhitaristes, Sèvres, France


Basic Persian vocabulary according to the Borhān-e Qāte`

Behrooz Mahmoodi-Bakhtiari

University of Tehran and Center for the Great Islamic Encyclopedia, Tehran


Friday 6 January, 14:00-15:45


13. Sufism in the Persianate World

Chair: Scott Kugle, Emory University, Atlanta<span >

Library Auditorium


A Rare Introduction in saj by ‘Abd al-Rahman Jami to the Anis al-Talibin

Alexey A. Khismatulin

The Institute of Oriental Manuscripts, St. Petersburg


Shaikh Fakhr ud-Din Iraqi and His Ideas and Practices of Qalandars (wandering dervishes)

Yuri Averiyanov

Institute of Oriental Studies, Moscow


A Rare Scroll of the Seventeenth Century with Notes from Atwār al-abrār

Suleman Siddiqi, Osmania University


Literary Contribution of Hamid al-Din bin Fazl Allah known as Shaikh Jamali Indo-Sufi Poet

Abdus Salam Jeelani

Aligarh Muslim University


14. Post-Revolutionary Iran and the Caucasus

Chair: Houchang Chehabi, Boston University

CPDUMT Auditorium


New Trends in Iranian Policy towards the South Caucasus

George Sanikidze

G. Tsereteli Institute of Oriental Studies of the Ilia State University


IRI’s Education Reform Movements: Causes and Un/Intended Consequences

Maryam Borjian

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey


The Economic Empire of the Revolutionary Guards (Sepāh-e Pāsdārān)

Noah Arjomand

Columbia University


The Concept of Honor and its Reflection in the Iranian Penal Code
Irene Scheinder

University of Göttingen


Friday 6 January, 16:00-17:45

15. Indo-Iranian Ecumene

Chair: Ishtiaq Ahmad Zilli, Aligarh Muslim University <span >andDarul Musannefin Shibli Academy

Library Auditorium

Sa‘di and India

Kourosh Kamali Sarvestani

Shiraz, Iran

Silk Route Travellers Account

M. Asif Naim Siddiqi

Aligarh Muslim University

The Iranian Litterati’s Motives for Migration to India

Saeid Shafieioun

University of Isfahan

The Rise and Fall of Port Cities in the Persian Gulf

Lawrence G. Potter

Columbia University

16- Reform and Revolution in the Persophone World

Chair: Mamadsho Ilolov, Academy of Sciences of Tajikistan

CPDUMT Auditorium

Naser al-Din Shah: A King Lost in his Self-Centredness and Seeking Advice

Hoorieh Saeidi

National Library of Iran

The Controversy around Titles in Late Qajar Iran

Houchang Chehabi,

Boston University

The Central Asian Jadids from Revolution to Enlightenment: The Case of Sadriddin `Ayni, 1890s-1930s

Keith Hitchins

University of Illinois

Concepts of Tajikistan in the Soviet Period

Manauel Sarkizyanz

University of Heidelberg (Emeritus)

Transformation of Central Asian Nationalist Movement in Afghanistan in 1920s-2000s: Ethno-Social, Political and Military Dimensions (re-appraisal)

Vladimir Boyko

Altai State Pedagogical Academy, Russia

Friday 6 January, 20:30

ASPS Regional Council (Closed Meeting), MANUU Guest House

Saturday 7 January, 9:00-10:45


17. Indo-Persian Literature

Chair: Azarmi Dukht Safavi, Aligarh Muslim University

Library Auditorium


The Color of Happiness in Rudaki’s Colorful Words

Mohammad Naser Rahyab, The University of Herat


The Poet as Anthologist: Defining a Fresh Tradition in the Bayāz of Sā’eb Tabrizi

Paul Losensky

Indiana University


Perso-Islamic Culture in Kashmir: Studying the Transmission of Persian Educational System, Language and Literature during the Sultanate Period

Naseem Ahmad Shah

University of Kashmir, Srinagar, India


Jamiul Amsal and Majmaul Tamsil of Mohammed Ali Hable Rudi: An Introduction

Syed Akhtar Husain and MandanaMangeli

Jawaharlal Nehru University


18. Social and Political Change in Iran and Central Asia

Chair: Sujata Patel, University of Hyderabad

CPDUMT Auditorium

Late Qajar Government Attempts to Ameliorate Problems Facing Iranian Jews (1850-1925)

Reza Azari Shahrezaei

Goftogu magazine, Tehran

Islam and Education in Tajikistan: Tradition and Modernity

Muzaffar Olimov

Sharq Research Center, Tajikistan


Decline of Taifeh-keshi (Kinship-based Factionalism) in Aliabad, Iran: Effects of Economic Transformation and Modernization on Village Politics

Mary Elaine Hegland

Santa Clara University, California


Islamic Alms in an Afghan City

Chris Taylor

Boston University


Historical Destinies of the Iranian Peoples: Continuation of Integration or Beginning of Differenciation?

Akbar Tursunov, Dushanbe


Saturday 7 January, 11:00-12:45


19. Persianate Thought: Political, Philosophical and Religious

Chair: Beatrice Forbes Manz, Tufts University

Library Auditorium


The Conception of Revolution and Contestation of Power in Perso-Islamicate Civilization

Saïd Amir Arjomand

State University of New York at Stony Brook


An Early Doctrinal Controversy in the Iranian School of Isma’ili Thought

Ismail K. Poonawala



Hāfez and the Destiny of Islamic Philosophy in Persia

Leonard Lewisohn

University of Exeter


20. Sociololinguistics

Chair: Maryam Borjian, Rutgers: The State University of New Jersey

CPDUMT Auditorium


Is Persian Diglossic?

Brian Spooner

University of Pennsylvania


Persian Language in a Globalized World

Hossein Parviz Ejlali

Institute for Management and Planning Studies (IMPS, Tehran)


Reflection of Pamiri Languages in Publications of the 1990s

Sabohat Donayorova

Khorog State University, Tajikistan


The Impact of the Islamic Revolution and Mass Media on the Persian Language in Iran

Farhad Atai

University of Tehran

Saturday 7 January, 14:00-15:45

21. Scientific Knowledge and Bibliography

Chair, Javeed Alam, Former Chairman, Indian Council for Social Science Research

Library Auditorium

Timurid Nativity Horoscopes

Sergei Tourkin

Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University


The ‘Alawi of Shiraz Family and the Persian Medical and Pharmacological Literature in the Indian Subcontinent

Younes Karamati

Centre for the Great Islamic Encyclopaedia, Tehran

The MENALIB Digitalization Projects

Kamran Arjomand

University of Halle-Wittenberg


22. Persianate Social History

Chair: Rajeev Bhargava, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi

CPDUMT Auditorium

Disappearance of History: A Note on the Cannon “Jahānkushā”

Mahmood Alam

The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad

Comparisons of Iranian and Central Asian Handicraft Regulation

D. Atadjanova

Institute of History of Uzbekistan

The Role of Takyas in Urban Structure and Life of Tehran in Early Qajar Period

Zahra Ahari

Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran

Civil Rights, Civil Society and Gender Consciousness in the Persian Press during the Formative Years of the Constitutional Revolution of Iran

Gholam R. Vatandoust

American University of Kuwait


Saturday 7 January, 16:00


Sightseeing: Old City of Hyderabad


Sunday 8 January, 9:30


Sightseeing: The Golconda Fort



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