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Polymaths of Islam: Power and Networks of Knowledge in Central Asia

James Pickett


This book analyzes the social and intellectual power of religious leaders who created a shared culture that integrated Central Asia, Iran, and India from the mid-eighteenth century through to the early twentieth century. The book demonstrates that Islamic scholars were simultaneously mystics and administrators, judges and occultists, physicians and poets. This integrated understanding of the world of Islamic scholarship unlocks a different way of thinking about transregional exchange networks. The book reveals a Persian-language cultural sphere that transcended state boundaries and integrated ... More

Keywords: intellectual power, social power, religious leaders, Central Asia, Iran, India, Islamic scholars, Eurasia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501750243
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501750243.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Pickett, author
University of Pittsburgh