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Imperial Aqquyunlu Construction of Religious Establishments in the Late Fifteenth Century Tabriz

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This chapter discusses that under the Aqquyunlus Tabriz was promoted as an imperial capital. There are a variety of reasons for this, the most important ones being the brevity of Aqquyunlu rule centered in Tabriz, the destruction of most monumental works by natural disasters or human activity, and the relatively longer survival and preservation of other capitals on par with Tabriz such as Herat and Istanbul. The chapter deals with the question of to what extent did Tabriz receive religious 'imperial', 'monumental' investment in the second half of the fifteenth century. Given the limited amount of information on the Aqquyunlu architectural works, the chapter compares the most outstanding Aqquyunlu structure, the Masjid-i Ḥasan Pādshāh, with its predecessor, Masjid-i Kabūd of the Qaraquyunlu. An examination of the activity in religious architecture sheds light on the nature of the relationship between the Aqquyunlu rulers and the people of the city.

Keywords: Aqquyunlu; Masjid-i Ḥasan Pādshāh; Qaraquyunlu; Tabriz



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