Previous volumes of the Journal of Persianate Societies

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Contents of JPS 10.1 (2017)

  • DANIEL BECKMAN, "King Artaxerxes’ Aegean Policy"
  • JASON M. SILVERMAN, "Achaemenid Creation and Second Isaiah"
  • DIDIER GAZAGNADOU, "The Iranian Origin of the Word ‘Barid’"
  • HATIM MAHAMID, "Persecutions against Ismaʿili Missionaries in Central Asia: The Case of Nāser Khosrow"
  • FARAJOLLAH AHMADI, "Communication and the Consolidation of the British Position in the Persian Gulf, 1860s–1914"
  • RICHARD FOLTZ, "The “Original” Kurdish Religion? Kurdish Nationalism and the False Conflation of the Yezidi and Zoroastrian Traditions"
  • YAGHOOB FOROUTAN, "The Construction of Religious Identity in Contemporary Iran: A Sociological Perspective"

Contents of JPS 9.2 (2016)

  • Paolo Sartori, "Introduction: On Khᵛārazmian Connectivity: Two or Three Things that I Know about It."
  • James Pickett, "Enemies beyond the Red Sands: The Bukhara-Khiva Dynamic as Mediated by Textual Genre."
  • Alfrid K. Bustanov, "The Bulghar Region as a “Land of Ignorance”: Anti-Colonial Discourse in Khᵛārazmian Connectivity."
  • Jeff Eden, "A Persian Captive’s Guide to Khiva: Esmāʿil Mir-Panja’s Satirical Recollections."
  • Paolo Sartori, "Seeing Like a Khanate: On Archives, Cultures of Documentation, and Nineteenth-Century Khᵛārazm."

Contents of JPS 9.1 (2016)

  • Saïd Amir Arjomand, "Unity of the Persianate World under Turko-Mongolian Domination and Divergent Development of Imperial Autocracies in the Sixteenth Century."
  • Rebecca Gould, "Wearing the Belt of Oppression: Khāqāni’s Christian Qasida and the Prison Poetry of Medieval Shirvān."
  • Stephan Popp, "Mughal Horoscopes as Propaganda."
  • Arthur Dudney, "Sabk-e Hendi and the Crisis of Authority in Eighteenth-Century Indo-Persian Poetics."
  • Kevin L. Schwartz, "The Local Lives of a Transregional Poet: ʿAbd al-Qāder Bidel and the Writing of Persianate Literary History."
  • Saghar Sadeghian, "Minorities and Foreigners in a Provincial Iranian City: Bahāʾis in the Russian Consulate of Isfahan in 1903."

Contents of JPS 8.2 (2015)

Special Issue on the Safavids in Global Perspective
Guest Editor: Rudi Matthee

  • Rudi Matthee, "Introduction: The Safavids in Global Perspective."
  • Rıza Yıldırım, "In the Name of Hoseyn’s Blood: The Memory of Karbala as Ideological Stimulus to the Safavid Revolution."
  • Ferenc Csirkés, "Messianic Oeuvres in Interaction: Misattributed Poems by Shah Esmā`il and Nesimi."
  • Theodore Beers, "The Biography of Vahshi Bafqi (d. 991/1583) and the Tazkera Tradition."
  • Walter Posch, "On a Pachyderm’s Voyage from Tabriz to Aleppo: A Light Moment in Persianate 'Elephant Diplomacy'."
  • Jose Cutillas Ferrer, "Did Shah `Abbās I Have a Mediterranean Policy?"
  • Rudi Matthee, "The Decline of Safavid Iran in Comparative Perspective."
Review Essay:
  • Saïd Amir Arjomand, "A Decade of Persianate Studies."

Contents of JPS 8.1 (2015)

  • Mimi Hanaoka, "Perspectives from the Peripheries: Strategies for 'Centering' Persian Histories from the 'Peripheries'."
  • Rebecca Gould, "“I Bind Myself in the Belt of Oppression”: Khāqānī’s Christian Qaṣīda and the Prison Poetry of Medieval Shirwān."
  • Paul E. Losensky, "“Square Like a Bubble”: Architecture, Power, and Poetics in Two Inscriptions by Kalim Kāshāni."
Address to the Sixth Biennial ASPS Convention in Sarajevo:
  • Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak, "Introducing Mahmoud Dawlatabadi."
  • Mahmoud Dawlatabadi, "Words Etched in Stone."
Review Essay:
  • Ghazzal Dabiri, The Nativist Prophets of Early Islamic Iran: Rural Revolt and Local Zoroastrianism. Patricia Crone. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. xi, 566 p.

Contents of JPS 7.2 (2014)

  • Ali Anooshahr, "On the Imperial Discourse of the Delhi Sultanate and Early Mughal India," pp.: 157–176 (20).
  • Ranin Kazemi, "Popular Resistance in the Persianate World: Subalterns, Outlaws, and Radicals in the Long Nineteenth Century," pp.: 179–188 (10).
  • Waleed Ziad, "Mufti ‘Iwāz and the 1816 “Disturbances at Bareilli”:Inter-Communal Moral Economy and Religious Authority in Rohilkhand," pp.: 189–218 (30).
  • Fulya Ozkan, "Gravediggers of the Modern State: Highway Robbers on the Trabzon-Bayezid Road, 1850s-1910s," pp.: 219–250 (32).
  • Ranin Kazemi, "The Tobacco Protest in Nineteenth-Century Iran: The View from a Provincial Town," pp.: 251–295 (45).

Contents of JPS 7.1 (2014)

  • Mushegh Asatryan, "Bankers and Politics: The Network of Shi‘i Moneychangers in Eighth-Ninth Century Kufa and their Role in the Shi‘i Community," pp.: 1–21 (21).
  • Farzin Vejdani, "Illicit Acts and Sacred Space: Everyday Crime in the Shrine City of Mashhad, 1913-1914," pp.: 22–54 (33).
  • Nigora Allaeva, "The Shajara-ye Turk as an Important Source on the History of Relations between Khiva and Its Neighbors," pp.: 55–87 (33).
  • Alessandro Cancian, "Translation, Authority and Exegesis in Modern Iranian Sufism: Two Iranian Sufi Masters in Dialogue," pp.: 88–106 (19).
  • Nathalie Matti, "Paradoxical Influence of the Islamicized School Education in Iran since the 1980s on Performance," pp.: 107–123 (17).
  • Corey Miller, "The Waziri Chain Shift," pp.: 124–136 (13).
  • Yusef Saadat, "Middle Persian abāz-handāxtan," pp.: 137–148 (12).
  • Victoria Arakelova, "The Onion and the Mandrake: Plants in Yezidi Folk Beliefs," pp.: 149–156 (8).

Contents of JPS 6.1-2 (2013)

Special Issue on Recent Trends in Late Antique Iranian Studies
Guest Editor: Parvaneh Pourshariati

  • Further Engaging the Paradigm of Late Antiquity*
    Parvaneh Pourshariati (The Ohio State University)
  • Ethics and Praxis of Mehr and Mithras and the Social Institution of the ‘Ayyārs in the Epic Romance of Samak-e ‘Ayyār
    Parvaneh Pourshariati (The Ohio State University)
Religion, Law, Society
  • Banners, Spears, Black Raiders and Byzantines: Some Textual Notes on Late Sasanian and post-Sasanian Zoroastrian Apocalyptic Texts
    Dan D.Y. Shapira (Bar-Ilan University)
  • Building a New Vision of the Past in the Sasanian Empire: the Sanctuaries of Kayānsīh and the Great Fires of Iran
    Matthew P. Canepa (University of Minnesota)
  • Marriage, Property and Conversion among the Zoroastrians: From Late Sasanian to Islamic Iran
    Touraj Daryaee (University of California, Irvine)
  • Law in the Crisis of Empire: A Sasanian Example
    Yaakov Elman (Yeshiva University)
  • Late Antique Iran and the Arabs: The Case of al-Hira
    Isabel Toral-Niehoff (Freie Universität Berlin)
New Sources(Archeological, numismatic, literary):
  • Two Seal Impressions from Kāfer Qal‘eh (Samarkand) and the Representations of Iranian Divinities
    Matteo Compareti (Independent Scholar/Rome)
  • R.R. Vasmer and his Hand-written Catalogue of Tabaristan drachms
    Konstantin V. Kravtsov (The State Hermitage Museum)
  • “Early Persian Documents from Khorasan,”
    Shaul Shaked, (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
  • An Investigation into the Kurdish Genre of the Shāhnāma and its Religious Dimensions
    Behrooz Chamanara (George-August-Göttingen University)
  • Old Garment from a New Tailor: The Reception and Reshaping of Epic Material in Early Medieval Iran
    Saghi Gazerani (Boğaziçi University)
  • Some Passages on Turkic peoples in Zoroastrian Pahlavi Literature
    Carlo G. Cereti (Sapienza Università di Roma)
  • Whence Came the Asvārān? An Inquiry into the Ambiguity of Sources
    Hossein Kamaly (Barnard College)
  • Historiography and the Sho‘ubiya Movement
    Ghazzal Dabiri (Columbia University)
  • ‘Sovereignty’ and ‘Post Sasanian’ Periods vs. the ‘Pre Islamic” and ‘Islamic’ periods
    Asef Kholdani (Independent Scholar/New York)

Contents of JPS 5.2 (2012)

  • Islam and Constitutionalism in the Persianate World, pp.: 93–94 (2)
  • Noah Feldman, The Ethical Literature: Religion and Political Authority as Brothers, pp.: 95–127 (33)
  • Saïd Amir Arjomand, The 1906-07 Iranian Constitution and the Constitutional Debate on Islam, pp.: 152–174 (23)
  • H. E. Chehabi ; Asghar Schirazi, The Islamic Republic of Iran 1, pp.: 175–204 (30)
  • Amin Tarzi, Islam and Constitutionalism in Afghanistan, pp.: 205–243 (39)
  • Muriel Atkin, Token Constitutionalism and Islamic Opposition in Tajikistan, pp.: 244–272 (29)

Contents of JPS 5.1 (2012)

  • Saïd Amir Arjomand, The Conception of Revolution in Persianate Political Thought 1, pp.: 1–16 (16)
  • Ismail K. Poonawala, An Early Doctrinal Controversy in the Iranian School of Ismaʿili Thought and Its Implications*, pp.: 17–34 (18)
  • Helen Giunashvili ; Tamar Abuladze, Persian Historical Documents of Georgia (Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries): Aspects of Linguistic Analysis, pp.: 35–42 (8)
  • Irene Schneider, The Concept of Honor and its Reflection in the Iranian Penal Code, pp.: 43–57 (15)
  • R. D. McChesney, Recent Work on the History of Afghanistan, pp.: 58–91 (34)

Contents of JPS 4.2 (2011)

Special Issue on the Pamir
Guest Editor Jo-Ann Gross
Symposium: Shrine Traditions, Human Ecology and Identity in the Pamir

  • Jo-Ann Gross, Introduction
  • John Mock, Shrine Traditions of Wakhan Afghanistan
  • Karim-Aly S. Kassam, Ecology of Time: Calendar of the Human Body in the Pamir Mountains
  • Till Mostowlansky, Paving the Way. Isma‛ili Genealogy and Mobility along Tajikistan's Pamir Highway
  • Aliaa Remtilla, Potentially an “Art Object”: Tajik Isma‛ilis’ Bāteni and Zāheri Engagement with their Imam’s Image
  • Hidayat Rahman, The Genealogical History of the Last Royal Families of Chitral and Yasin: A Preliminary Study
  • Chad G. Lingwood, “The Qebla of Jāmi is None Other than Tabriz”: ‛Abd al-Rahmān Jāmi and Naqshbandi Sufism at the Aq Qoyunlu Royal Court
  • Habib Borjian, The Extinct Dialect of Tajrish: Tabari or Persian?
  • Rahnaward Zaryab, The Re-creation of a Middle Eastern Story in Latin America (translated by Guilan Siassi)

Contents of JPS 4.1 (2011)

Special Issue on Fathers and Daughters in Islam
Guest Editors Alyssa Gabbay and Julia Clancy-Smith

  •     Alyssa Gabbay, Foreword
  •     Julia Clancy-Smith, Introduction
  •     Karen Ruffle, May You Learn from Their Model: The Exemplary Father-Daughter Relationship of Mohammad and Fatima in South Asian Shi‛ism
  •     Paul E. Walker, The Fatimid Caliph al-‛Aziz and His Daughter Sitt al-Mulk: A Case of Delayed but Eventual Succession to Rule by a Woman
  •     Alyssa Gabbay, “In Reality a Man”: Sultan Iltutmish and His Daughter, Raziya
  •     Christine Isom-Verhaaren, Süleyman and Mihrimah: The Favorite’s Daughter
  •     Afshan Bokhari, Imperial Transgressions and Spiritual Investitures: A Begam’s “Ascension” in Seventeenth Century Mughal India

Contents of JPS 3.2 (2010)

  •     Sholeh A. Quinn, Through the looking Glass: Kingly Virtues in Safavid and Mughal Historiography
  •     Sulhiniso Rahmatullaeva, Samarqand's Rigestan and its Architectural Meanings
  •     Sassan Pejhan, A Picture Postcard View of the Persian Constitutional Revolution
  •     Dariush Borbor, A Syntacto-Cognitive Study of the Diachrony, Synchrony, Etymology and Gloss of the New Persian Formant am/an
  •     Review Essay
  •     Touraj Daryaee, The Fall of the Sassanian Empire to the Arab Muslims: From Two Centuries of Silence to Decline and Fall of the Sasanian Empire: the Partho-Sasanian Confederacy and the Arab Conquest of Iran
  •     Alexander V. Akopyan, A Survey of Russian Works on Persianate Histry and Culture, 2006-2010

Contents of JPS 3.1 (2010)

  •     Jocelyn Sharlet, A Garden of Possibilities in Manuchehri’s Spring Panegyrics
  •     Mohammad-Ali Forughi, The History of Modernization of Law (translated by Manouchehr Kasheff)
  •     Afshin Marashi, Imagining Hafez: Rabindranath Tagore in Iran, 1932
  •     Ludwig Paul, The Language Reform of the First Farhangestān (1935-41) and the Question of its Success
  •     Maryam Rutner, A Survey of the Content and Purpose of the Discipline of Political Science in Iran and Its Significance for the Iranian Society
  •     Review Essay on General Introduction to Persian Literature: A History of Persian Literature by Michael Hillmann

Contents of JPS 2.2 (2009)

  •     Evolution of the Persianate Polity and its Transmission to India
  •     Saïd Amir Arjomand
  •     The Georgian Translation of Vis and Rāmin: An Old Specimen of Hermeneutics
  •     Inga Kaladze
  •     Introduction: Symposium on the Eighteenth-Century Fracturing of the Persianate World
  •     Paul Losensky
  •     From 'Ā'esha to Nur Jahān: The Shaping of a Classical Persian Poetic Canon of Women
  •     Sunil Sharma
  •     Infantilizing Bābā Dārā: The Cultural Memory of Dārā Shekuh and the Mughal Public Sphere
  •     Rajeev Kinra
  •     Literary Connections: Bahār’s Sabkshenāsi and the Bāzgasht-e Adabi
  •     Matthew C. Smith
  •     Accounting for Difference: A Comparative Look at the Autobiographical Travel Narratives of Hazin Lāhiji and 'Abd-al-Karim Kashmiri
  •     Mana Kia
  •     Report on the Fourth ASPS Biennial Convention in Lahore

Contents of JPS 2.1 (2009)

  •     Georgia and Iran: Three Millennia of Cultural Relations: An Overview
  •     Fatema Soudavar Farmanfarmaian
  •     Darius and the Bisotun Inscription: A New Interpretation of the Last Paragraph of Column IV
  •     Hassan Rezai Baghbidi
  •     Median Succumbs to Persian after Three Millennia of Coexistence: Language Shift in the Central Iranian Plateau
  •     Habib Borjian
  •     Persian Manuscripts: The Persianate Common Heritage of Iran with the Indian Subcontinent, Transoxiana and the Ottoman Empire
  •     Akbar Irani
  •     Survey of Russian Books on Iranian and Persianate Studies (2206-08)
  •     Leila Dodykhudoeva and Bayandur Areg

Contents of JPS 1.2 (2008)

  •     Social Movements in Near Eastern Cities from the 9th to the 13th Century
  •     Valerian Gabashvili
  •     An Historical Survey of Georgian-Iranian Relations in the Nineteenth Century
  •     George Sanikidze
  •     The Iranian Notion of xνar∂nah in Post-Achaemenid Georgian Kingship
  •     Mariam Gvelesiani
  •     Ancient and Historical Maps of Georgia and Persia
  •     M.R. Sahab
  •     Among the Chosen Cities: Tbilisi in the Shi'i Tradition
  •     Grigol Beradze
  •     Parsadan Gorgijanidze’s Exile in Shushtar: A Biographical Episode of a Georgian Official in the Service of the Safavids
  •     Hirotake Maeda
  •     Joseph Rousseau on Georgia and the Planned Indian Expedition (1807)
  •     Irène Natchkebia
  •     Two 18th-Century Royal Palaces in Georgia and Armenia
  •     Irina Khoshoridze
  •     Two Chinese bowls from the Chini-khāna of Ardabil
  •     Natia Rostiashvili
  •     Persians in Georgia (1801-1921)
  •     Marina Alexidze

Contents of JPS 1.1 (2008)

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  •     From the Editor: Defining Persianate Studies
  •     Saïd Amir Arjomand
  •     The Salience of Political Ethic in the Spread of Persianate Islam
  •     Saïd Amir Arjomand
  •     To Forge a Book in the Medieval Age: Nezam al-Molk’s Siyar al-Moluk (Siyasat-Nama)
  •     Alexey A. Khismatulin
  •     Central Organisation, Tabarrokat and Succession among the Early Cheshtis in India
  •     Ishtiyaq Ahmad Zilli
  •     Flowers of Persian Song and Music: Davud Pirniy'a and the Genesis of the Golha Programs
  •     Jane Lewisohn
  •     Persian Rap: The Voice of Contemporary Iran’s Youth
  •     Sholeh Johnston

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