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Nader Shah Revisited
International Symposium
Convened by: Giorgio Rota

Institut für Iranistik
Hollandstraße 11-13, 1020 Wien


While Nader Shah Afshar is usually credited with having played a major role in the early-modern history of Iran, little has been done to assess the impact that his reign had on the larger Persianate world and explore the contours of its legacy in historiographies other than Iranian (Afsharid and Qajar). Nader Shah indeed was a driving force behind tectonic shifts occurring in the political field as well as a catalyst of profound cultural realignments in the Middle East, Central and South Asia between the 18th and the 19th centuries. After Timur, he alone was capable to draw Muslims political formations in Central Asia, the Middle East and the Indian sub-continent into a confrontation with Iran. His incursions into Transoxiana and Northern India, however, affected not only the power balance between local groups competing for political supremacy, but also precipitated a series of ruptures in the local forms of governance and Muslim culture broadly conceived, which are visible in domains as diverse as the Chinggisid political tradition, Sunni-Shiite sectarianism, the formation of new Islamic scholarly networks and Sufi communal organizations, etc.

Through a critical rather than celebratory approach, this international symposium aims to take stock of Nader Shah’s legacy across the fields of Iranian, Ottoman, and South Asian studies and seeks to historicize the structural changes that his military achievements brought about in the Persianate world.



December 05, 2016

10:00-10:15 Welcome addresses
Florian Schwarz | Institute of Iranian Studies, Director
Giorgio Rota | Institute of Iranian Studies

10:15-10:45 Bert Fragner | Austrian Academy of Sciences
Tahmasp II, the rise of Nader Shah and his problems with legitimacy

10:45-11:15 Coffee break

11:15-12:45 Panel 1, chair: Ali Ansari
  Rudi Matthee | University of Delaware
The eighteenth century in Iranian historiography: Nader Shah, warlord or national hero?

Christine Nölle-Karimi | Institute of Iranian Studies
The practice of history: Nader Shah and his chroniclers

Michael Axworthy| University of Exeter
Mirza Mohammad Mehdi Astarabadi and his significance for our understanding of Nader Shah

12:45-14:15 LUNCH

14:15-15:15 Panel 2.1, chair: Giorgio Rota
  Nader Kashani | The International Journal of Research on Islamic and Iranian Manuscripts.
The pious foundations (mowqufāt) of Nader Shah

Goodarz Rashtiani | University of Tehran
The religious policy of Nader in the Caucasus

15:15-15:45 Coffee break

15:45-16:45 Panel 2.2, chair: Giorgio Rota
  Selim Güngörürler | Georgetown University
Iranian diplomacy with the Ottomans, 1722-1747: continuities and changes with regard to the Safavid era

Ernest Tucker | United States Naval Academy, Annapolis
Nader as mediator: His attempt to broker peace between Russia and the Ottomans in 1738

December 06, 2016

10:00-11:00 Panel 3.1, chair: Florian Schwarz
  Ali Ansari | University of St. Andrews
The reception and perception of Nader in British historiography

Dariusz Kołodziejczyk | University of Warsaw
The reactions to the news of the rise of Nader Shah in Dresden and Warsaw

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-13:00 Panel 3.2, chair: Ali Ansari
  José Francisco Cutillas Ferrer | University of Alicante
Nader Shah and the "exotic" idea of Iran in the eighteenth-century Bourbon Spain

Giorgio Rota | Institute of Iranian Studies
The reception of Nader Shah in the German-speaking world

Iván Szántó | Institute of Iranian Studies
The historicisation of the image of Nader Shah in the visual arts

13:00-14:30 LUNCH

Panel 4, chair: Paolo Sartori
  Ulfatbek Abdurasulov | Institute of Iranian Studies
How to manage diversity? State-building project(s) in post-Nader Shah's Khorezm

Andreas Wilde | University of Bamberg
"Tolling the death knell for the Chingizid dispensation": The impact of Nader Shah's policy on Transoxanian patterns of governance

Abhishek Kaicker | University of California Berkeley
The people vs. Nader Shah: The politics and memory of a Qatl-e cĀmm in Delhi








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