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978-88-6969-101-0

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978-88-6969-100-3

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03 Aug 2016

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Eurasiatica

Cycles and Circumferences
The Tower of Gonbad-e Kāvus as a Time-Marking Monument

Simone Cristoforetti
ORCID 0000-0002-2948-4817 
Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia
cristoforetti@unive.it

DOI 10.14277/6969-100-3/EUR-5-5

Abstract

The focus is on the tower of Qābūs ibn Wušmgīr, Ziyarid ruler of Gīlān between the tenth and the eleventh century CE. In spite of the archaeological evidence, the monument is still considered as a mausoleum by most scholars. However, the tower’s geometrical and mathematical features can reveal the outstanding significance of the building as a time-measuring monument. A new interpretative key for the well-known tower of Gonbad-e Kāvus, based on the major time-reckoning cycles of Iranian world, is proposed. On this basis, it is possible to see how the building quite satisfies three needs at least: a need for dynastical propaganda, an administrative need in a fiscal equality perspective, and an Islamic orthodox need, as far as the accuracy of the daily prayer is concerned.

Keywords
Gonbad-e Kāvus. Qābūs ibn Wušmgīr. Iranian calendar. Ziyarids.


Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License 

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Cristoforetti Simone

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Cycles and Circumferences

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it

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The focus is on the tower of Qābūs ibn Wušmgīr, Ziyarid ruler of Gīlān between the tenth and the eleventh century CE. In spite of the archaeological evidence, the monument is still considered as a mausoleum by most scholars. However, the tower’s geometrical and mathematical features can reveal the outstanding significance of the building as a time-measuring monument. A new interpretative key for the well-known tower of Gonbad-e Kāvus, based on the major time-reckoning cycles of Iranian world, is proposed. On this basis, it is possible to see how the building quite satisfies three needs at least: a need for dynastical propaganda, an administrative need in a fiscal equality perspective, and an Islamic orthodox need, as far as the accuracy of the daily prayer is concerned.

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Eurasiatica

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Edizioni Ca’ Foscari - Digital Publishing

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http://doi.org/10.14277/6969-100-3/EUR-5-5

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2610-8879

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2610-9433

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978-88-6969-101-0

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978-88-6969-100-3

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Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution alone

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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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Gonbad-e Kāvus

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Qābūs ibn Wušmgīr

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Iranian calendar

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Ziyarids

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