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The City as Anthology: Eroticism and Urbanity in Early Modern Isfahan

Kathryn Babayan


Household anthologies of seventeenth-century Isfahan collected everyday texts and objects, from portraits, letters, and poems to marriage contracts and talismans. With these family collections, Kathryn Babayan tells a new history of the city, at the transformative moment it became a cosmopolitan center of imperial rule. Bringing people's lives into view for a city with no extant state or civic archives, Babayan reimagines the archive of anthologies to recover how residents shaped their communities and crafted their urban, religious, and sexual selves. Babayan highlights eight residents—from ki ... More

Keywords: Persianate, Safavid, Isfahan, Anthology, Adab, Urbanity, Friendship, Sufism, Sexualityv, Gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781503613386
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9781503613386.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathryn Babayan, author
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor