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Hamid Algar

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780198090441

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198090441.001.0001

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Jami and Posterity: His Legacy in Dar al-Islam

Jami and Posterity: His Legacy in Dar al-Islam

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Hamid Algar

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the legacy of Jami. A half century after his death, a significant portion of the Islamic world was effectively reconfigured into four empires: Safavid, Uzbek, Ottoman, and Mughal. From a purely cultural point of view, they had much in common and formed what has come to be known as the ‘Persianate world’. As poet, scholar, and Sufi, Jami represented a summation of precisely the Perso-Islamic cultural tradition, and it was entirely natural that his legacy should be cultivated throughout the Persianate world and even beyond. This was an outcome he seems to have anticipated by arranging for the copying and dispatch of his works to places as far apart as Istanbul and the Deccan.

Keywords:   ʿAbd al-Rahman Jami, Perso-Islamic culture, Persianate world, Islamic world

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