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Prince Baysunghur, Before & After: Timurid Manuscripts in Context
The inaugural symposium of the Persian Manuscripts Association, celebrates the 600th anniversary of the first manuscript produced at the royal library-atelier of the Timurid Prince Baysunghur (1399-1433) in Herat. Prince Baysunghur, Before and After: Timurid Manuscripts in Context, is a two-day international symposium, held on 5-6 November 2021, and hosted by the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.

Baysunghur’s patronage of manuscript production is significant for exhibiting a high artistic refinement in the arts of the book, but the patron was also actively involved in the scholarly aspect of the works to be reproduced. He commanded editions and the preservation of texts in a variety of fields, notably history, ethics and literature.

This symposium brings together scholars and international experts in a number of disciplines to explore the connoisseurship and patronage undertaken by the prince, the aesthetic of his atelier’s output, their antecedents in the Jalayirid period, and the production of literary editions in his library.

The symposium, to be held virtual via Zoom, consists of two 90-minute panel sessions each day with three speakers per panel. There will be a break between the two sessions. Each presentation lasts around 20 minutes allowing 30 minutes for Q&A and discussion at the end of each panel.

The program and poster for this event can be found at: https://albert.ias.edu/20.500.12111/7964

For additional information please contact Shiva Mihan at smihan@ias.edu.
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