April 8, 2020, 12:00pm
CANCELLED: From Khurasan to Baghdad via Maragheh: Elite Scholarly and Administrative Circles in Mongol Iran
Participants: Hadi Jorati
Location: Annenberg School for Communications Room 111 | 3620 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA

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In this talk we will put the narratives of the Mongol Campaigns in the West and the establishment of the Ilkhanate under scrutiny, with a focus on the career of the thirteenth century mathematician, Nasir al-Din Tusi. By re-examining the role of Tusi in high scholarly circles and their relationship to high administration of the Mongol campaign and the early Ilkhanate, we aim to arrive at a more nuanced understanding of the establishment of the Maragheh observatory complex.
Middle East Center, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department (NELC)