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This concluding chapter presents some closing thoughts on the concepts discussed in this book Politics, Poetry, and Sufism in Medieval Iran: New Perspectives on Jāmī's Salāmān va Absāl. The book attempts to demonstrate that Jāmī was not the first Muslim intellectual figure to write an allegorical romance whose main characters were named Salaman and Absal. While recognizing the Avicennan and Greek provenance of the tale, the book hypothesizes that Jāmī based his own version more immediately on the first narrative in the Masnavī-yi maʿnavī of Rūmī. The planes of meaning provided here allow Salāmān va Absāl to operate simultaneously as a Perso-Islamic mirror for princes, a Sufi manual on the annihilation of the carnal self. The book provides an historical account of Ya'qub's repentance from wine-drinking. In order to establish that these multiple meanings would have been recognized and appreciated by Yaʿqūb, the book argues that the patronage of Persian poets was quite extensive and literary tastes were sophisticated at the Āq Qoyūnlū court.

Keywords: Āq Qoyūnlū court; Jāmī; Masnavī-yi maʿnavī; Persian poets; Perso-Islamic manual of moral advice; Sufi mystics



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