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ILCAA Joint Research Project

Archival study on fiscal administration of holy shrines in Muslim societies: A case of the Safavid shrine in Iran (2)

Archival study on fiscal administration of holy shrines in Muslim societies: A case of the Safavid shrine in Iran

photographed by Hisashi ABE

Keywords

  • Safavids
  • Shi‘a
  • saint mausoleum
  • Sufism
  • tariqa
  • documents diplomatics
  • palaeography accountancy
  • Islamic law
  • shurut

Areas

  • West Asia
  • Central Asia
  • South Asia

Website

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About the Project

Project term: April, 2021–March, 2024

  In Muslim societies of West and Central Asia, many mausoleums dedicated to Islamic saints have accumulated great wealth through religious influence. This study seeks to clarify the property management and administration systems of these mausoleums in order to reveal their economic basis, shed light on their social and economic role in society, and illuminate their relationship with political powers. Through surveys of historical materials related to property management owned by the Mausoleum of Shaykh Ṣafī al-Dīn Ardabīlī (d. 1334) in Northwest Iran, this research project aims to clarify various aspects of the formation and development of the property management systems of mausoleums dedicated to saints and their relations with the state and society in medieval and early modern Iran. This study will also compare these cases with cases in other regions of the Muslim world.

Ryoko WATABE, Project Coordinator
(Part-time Lecturer, The University of Tokyo)

Members

Coordinator

  • Ryoko WATABE (The University of Tokyo)

ILCAA Staff

  • Nobuaki KONDO
  • Yoichi TAKAMATSU
  • Satoshi OGURA

Joint Researchers

  • Naofumi ABE
  • Yukako GOTO
  • Tomoko MORIKAWA
  • Ayako NINOMIYA
  • Hiroshi ONO
  • Masaki SUGIYAMA
  • Ryuichi SUGIYAMA
  • Sanae TAKAGI
  • Yoichi YAJIMA
  • Akihiko YAMAGUCHI

Outputs

Meetings

The 4th meeting

  • Date/Time: Wed 3 Aug 2022 14:30–17:30
  • Venue: Online meeting
  • 14:30–14:40
    Introduction
    14:40–15:40 Akihiko YAMAGUCHI (Sophia University) , Ayako NINOMIYA (Aoyama Gakuin University) , Satoshi OGURA (ILCAA)
    Review roundtable
    15:40–16:40 Yukako GOTO (Kwansei Gakuin University) , Ryoko WATABE (The University of Tokyo) , Sanae TAKAGI (Waseda University) , Naofumi ABE (Ochanomizu University) , Ryu’ichi SUGIYAMA (Kyoto Tachibana University) , Masaki SUGIYAMA (Kyoto University of Foreign Studies) , Yo'ichi YAJIMA (Nara Women's University) , Hiroshi ONO (Kyoto Tachibana University) , Nobuaki KONDO (ILCAA) , Tomoko MORIKAWA (The University of Tokyo)
    Replies from the contributors
    16:40–16:50
    Break
    16:50–17:30
    General Discussions
  • The 3rd meeting

    • Date/Time: Sun 29 May 2022 10:00–12:00
    • Venue: Online meeting
    • 1. Ryoko WATABE (ILCAA Joint Researcher, the University of Tokyo)
      “Reading and analysis of socio-historical information from Sarih al-Milk (the real estate inventories) of Shaykh Safi’s shrine (1): Ardabil district, Adharbayjan (1)”
      2. All members
      General discussion
    • The 2nd meeting

      • Date/Time: Tue 29 Mar 2022 13:00–15:00
      • Venue: Online meeting
      • 1. Ryoko WATABE (ILCAA Joint Researcher, the University of Tokyo)
        “Brief report on the method for analyzing historical information from real estate inventories of Shaykh Safi’s shrine: The case of the real estate in Ardabil district”
        2. All members
        Reading and discussion of the text

      The 1st meeting

      • Date/Time: Mon 28 Feb 2022 15:00–17:00
      • Venue: Online meeting
      • 1. Ryoko WATABE (ILCAA Joint Researcher, the University of Tokyo)
        “Recent survey of the historical materials and studies on the Shrine of Shaykh Safi al-Din Ardabili, the Safavid dynastic shrine”
        2. All members
        Discussion of the detailed program for the joint research

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