[Soasiastudents] REMINDER: Two talks by Stephen Dale, Dec 7and 8
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Wed Dec 6 20:31:42 PST 2006
Silk Road lectures 2006-2007
Stephen Dale Ohio State University
'Babur, a Renaissance Prince in Central Asia'
Thursday, December 7, 2006, 7:00 pm
Kane Hall 110 (U of Washington, Seattle campus)
The lecture is free and open to the public.
Stephen Dale will also hold a seminar entitled:
'Turks, Mongols, Persians, Muslims: Linguistic Markers of Identity in the
Memoirs of Babur'
Friday, December 8, 2006, 10:00 am -12 noon
Communications 202 (U of Washington, Seattle campus)
About the lecture
Zahir al-Din Muhammad Babur (1483-1530) founded the Mughal or Timurid-Mughal
Empire of India in 1526. Babur was portrayed by court historians, not only as
a successful conqueror and empire builder, but also as a skilled poet, musician
and prose writer. Italians might have described him as a l'uomo universale, a
universal, or in later English parlance, a Renaissance Man. Yet what
distinguishes Babur from other pre-modern rulers is not so much that he
possessed diverse interests but rather that he bequeathed to posterity a
remarkable literary legacy. His writings allow him to be seen as an individual,
a complex, emotional man whose unapologetic egotism, intellectual curiosity and
ruthlessness reveal human traits that some equate with the dynamism of the
Italian Renaissance personalities or even the human spirit that explains the
Rise of the West in Renaissance times. If the Italian goldsmith and sculptor,
Benvenuto Cellini can be characterized as the most completely revealed
individual in sixteenth century Europe, Babur deserves the same recognition for
all of Asia. And more than Babur's wide-ranging accomplishments and interests,
it is as an individual whose spirit and intellect are indistinguishable from
Western individuals such as Cellini, that he can be described and deserves to
be known as a Renaissance Man.
About the speaker
Stephen F. Dale is Professor of History at the Ohio State University. He is the
author of: Islamic Society on the South Asian Frontier: the Mappilas of
Malabar, 1498-1922 (1980), Indian Merchants and Eurasian Trade, 1600-1750
(1994) and The Garden of the Eight Paradises: Babur and the Culture of Empire
in Central Asia, Afghanistan and India 1483-1530 (2004).
This lecture and seminar are part of the Silk Road lectures series 2006-2007.
Co-sponsored by the Silkroad Foundation, Silk Road brings to campus specialists
at the cutting edge of the study of Eurasian cultural history. Each will offer
public lecture and a seminar presentation. The focus of the 2006-2007 series
will be pre-modern Islamic Western and Central Asia.
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