Itineraries on the Edges of Iran

edited by

Stefano Pellò    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    



This collection of essays stands as the first volume of the new Eurasiatica series entirely devoted to the vast territories of Iranian culture, understood in the widest sense possible and in an open chronological perspective. Explicitly refusing any fetishization of particularism, it contains fourteen studies organized in thematic pairs: a sequence of interrelated itineraries exploring several heterogeneous borderlands – from Avestan philology to film studies – starting from plural, competing and coexisting ideas of Iran.

Aug. 3, 2016

Table of contents

Stefano Pellò   
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0   Crossings
Gianroberto Scarcia   
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1   A Marchland of Words
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Notes on Some Cases of Grammaticalization
Ela Filippone   
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2   Inspecting Perimeters
 The Barrier of Alexander, Wall of Darband and Other Defensive Moats
Touraj Daryaee   
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The Tower of Gonbad-e Kāvus as a Time-Marking Monument
Simone Cristoforetti   
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3   Iconography on a Threshold
Auspicious Birds in Sino-Sogdian Funerary Art
Matteo Compareti   
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Strategy and Ambiguities in the Decorative Programme of the Aḥmad Šāh I Bahmanī Mausoleum
Sara Mondini   
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4   Lines of Transition
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Mīrzā Muḥammad Ḥasan Qatīl and the Varieties of Persian (ca. 1790)
Stefano Pellò   
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5   On the Limes
The Pre-Islamic Cultures of the Hindu Kush
Augusto Cacopardo   
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Wine in Buddhist Gandhara and Kafiristan
Max Klimburg   
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6   Identity and the Others
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7   Mirrors and Beyond
The Thin Line between Original and Original
Marco Dalla Gassa   
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Iranian Landscapes as Visual Prototypes around the World
Riccardo Zipoli   
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