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1. Approaching Jāmī’s Salāmān va Absāl as a Perso-Islamic Book of Advice for Rulers

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Salāmān va Absāl was written at the end of Nūr al-Dīn ʿAbd al-Raḥmān Jāmī's prolific literary career during an era that was dominated by the cultural achievements of the Timurids. It was dedicated however to an Āq Qoyūnlū patron. This chapter contextualizes Salāmān va Absāl historically and examines it as a mirror of advice for the Āq Qoyūnlū ruler to whom it is dedicated. This is achieved by exploiting the historical sources and by a textual analysis of the poem. In conclusion, a hypothesis is presented to explain the multi-layered esotericism of Salāmān va Absāl by examining how it at once operated as traditional guide to governance, a heuristic vehicle for mystical contemplation, and a veiled account of the dramatis personae at the court of Yaʿqūb.

Keywords: Āq Qoyūnlū ruler; Nūr al-Dīn ʿAbd al-Raḥmān Jāmī; Salāmān va Absāl; Yaʿqūb



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