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Contents, Actors and Practices of Transmission in Family and Social Contexts

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3rd General Workshop of DYNTRAN project

Date : 3-4 avril 2017
Lieu/Venue : Università degli Studi di Napoli "L’Orientale", Naples




Comité d’organisation / Organising team
M. Bernardini, M. Szuppe, Ch. Werner avec la collaboration de S. Aube et A. Tiburcio


Introduction / Outline of the workshop
DYNTRAN project (Dynamics of Transmission : Family, Authority and Knowledge in the Early Modern Middle East, 15th-17th centuries) develops along two main lines of inquiry in order to interrogate the concept of “family” in the Mediaeval and Early Modern Middle East, and to explore the relation between family networks and the transmission of knowledge and authority. By initiating an interdisciplinary dialogue between history, textual studies, and art history, and by bringing together Mamluk, Ottoman, Persian, and Central Asian area studies, the project seeks to identify these networks and their social and economic environment on the larger scale of the Muslim Middle-East. Further, it aims not only at analysing the objects and the frameworks of the transmission, but also at examining the means, practices and strategies essential to this process in their historical context. Finally, the project is interested in investigating the adaptation and development of lineages striving to assure their permanence through time and space.
The initial DYNTRAN workshop (Marburg, 2015) focused on methodologies, on critical presentation of written sources in Arabic, Turkish and Persian, and on the sources relating to material culture. The second workshop (Cairo, 2016) was devoted to the issues pertaining to the modes and frameworks of transmission of knowledge and authority within family units and family-like groups.
The present workshop will pursue some of the general issues under research and investigate the theme of individuals and families as major actors in the transmission of knowledge and authority (“who”), as well as the mechanisms and structures, such as schools, corporations or personal relationships, etc., engaged in the process (“how”). In addition to developing these lines of analysis, the present workshop will take a particular interest in studying the actual objects of transmission (“what”) across time and space, for example, specialized knowledge, artisanal skills, religious knowledge, spiritual and political authority, but also status and wealth. Both synchronic and diachronic approaches will be applied within the general chronological framework of the project and beyond when necessary for the sake of investigation : our interests comprise both the horizontal and vertical networks, as well as geographical and social ascpects of their mobility and evolution.


MONDAY, APRIL 3th 2017


  • Opening Address by Prof. Elda Morlicchio, Rector of the Università di Napoli “L’Orientale”


  • Keynote Lecture by Prof. Roberta Denaro (Università di Napoli “L’Orientale”) : “Family Portrait : Representing Marriage, Parenthood and Brother-Sister Relationship in the Arabian Nights”

10h30 • Coffee break •

Panel 1 : Practices of Transmission in Literate Milieus
Discussant : Michele Bernardini (Università di Napoli “L’Orientale”)


  • Francis Richard (BULAC/Mondes iranien et indien) : “Dans l’univers lettré du monde iranien, comment la transmission se fait-elle ?”


  • Giancarlo Casale (University of Minnesota) : “Traveling Obelisks, Traveling Scholars, and the Celalzade Family of Istanbul”


  • Anthony Quickel (Philipps-Universität Marburg/Aix-Marseille Université) : “Buying Books in Mamluk and Ottoman Cairo”

13h00 • Lunch •

Panel 2 : Authors, Craftsmen and Readers as Actors of Transmission
Discussant : Natalia Tornesello (Università di Napoli “L’Orientale”)


  • Christoph Werner (Philipps-Universität Marburg) : “Actors of Transmission : Poets and Panegyrists in 14th and 15th century Azerbaijan”


  • Sandra Aube (CNRS/Mondes iranien et indien) : “Lineages of Craftsmen : Mobility and Transmission of Skills in the Architecture of Mazanderan during the Mar‘ashī Dynasty”


  • Maria Szuppe (CNRS/Mondes iranien et indien) : “A Family or/and a Workshop ? Tracking a Group of Calligraphers between Samarkand and Bukhara at the Turn of the 17th Century”

16h • Coffee break •


  • Sacha Alsancakli (Université Sorbonne nouvelle/Mondes iranien et indien) : “The Role of Copyists in the Transmission of Manuscripts : A Case Study on Šaraf Xān Bidlīsī’s Šarafnāma (1005-1314/1597-1897)”


  • Torsten Wollina (Orient Institut Beirut) : “Preservation as Transmission : An Overview of Ibn Tulun’s (d. 1548) Extant Manuscript Corpus”


  • Roundtable discussion



Panel 3 : Long-Term Strategies in Transmission of Wealth and Status
Discussant : Tommaso Trevisani (Università di Napoli “L’Orientale”)


  • Albrecht Fuess (Philipps-Universität Marburg) : “Increasing Wealth, Power, or Offspring ? What Purpose is served most by Marriage at the Mamluk Court ?”


  • Juliette Dumas (Aix-Marseille Université) : “La noblesse dans le titre ? Les noms de famille en -zāde à l’époque moderne ottomane”


  • Alberto Tiburcio Urquiola (Philipps-Universität Marburg) : “The Nature of ‘Alī Qulī Jadīd al-Islām’s Response to Jerome Xavier : A Question of Sources”

11h00 • Coffee break •


  • Daniel Zakrzewski (Philipps-Universität Marburg) : “The Malikān Family of Tabriz : Aristocrats Transmitting Status and Reflections of Local Excellence through the Heart of Mongol Iran”


  • Naofumi Abe (University of Tokyo) : “A Tabrizi Notable Family and Family Property : The Case of Najafqolī Khān Donbolī and his Descendants in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Iran”


  • Roundtable dissussion and Closing remarks


Venue : Università di Napoli “L’Orientale”, Rettorato, via Chiatamone 61/62, 80125 – Napoli. Sala del Consiglio (3rd floor)
Contact : sandra.aube(a) and alberto.tiburcio(a)


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