Polymaths of Islam: Power and Networks of Knowledge in Central Asia (Hardcover)

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Polymaths of Islam analyzes the social and intellectual power of religious leaders who created a shared culture that integrated Central Asia, Iran, and India from the mid-eighteenth century through the early twentieth.

James Pickett demonstrates that Islamic scholars were simultaneously mystics and administrators, judges and occultists, physicians and poets. This integrated understanding of the world of Islamic scholarship unlocks a different way of thinking about transregional exchange networks. Pickett reveals a Persian-language cultural sphere that transcended state boundaries and integrated a spectacularly vibrant Eurasia that is invisible from published sources alone.

Through a high cultural complex that he terms the "Persian cosmopolis" or "Persianate sphere," Pickett argues that an intersection of diverse disciplines shaped geographical trajectories across and between political states. In Polymaths of Islam he paints a comprehensive, colorful, and often contradictory portrait of mosque and state in the age of empire.

About the Author

James Pickett is Assistant Professor of Eurasian History at the University of Pittsburgh.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781501750243
ISBN-10: 1501750240
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication Date: September 15th, 2020
Pages: 320
Language: English