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Holy figures portrayed in the Edinburgh fragment of Rashīd al-Dīn’s World History

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This paper has two purposes. One is to look carefully at the way that the stories of Sālih and Samson are told in the Edinburgh fragment of Rashīd al-Dīn’s World History and its accompanying illustrations, and the messages that these convey. The second is to explore the interplay of text and image in what might be termed “the Moses cycle” and to consider the motivation for the unusual textual and pictorial emphasis on Moses. Several aspects of the cycle are analyzed: Moses as an antetype of Rashīd al-Dīn himself, the impact of the Qur’anic text and Moses as a precursor of the Prophet Muhammad.
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)843-871
Number of pages29
JournalIranian Studies
Volume50
Issue number6
Early online date22 Aug 2017
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Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2017

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