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"The Pictorial Representation of Shiite Themes in Lithographed Books of the Qajar Period"
Ulrich Marzolph, Georg-August-University, Germany
This presentation is to discuss those scenes that are illustrated with a certain frequency in different books, focusing in particular on the iconic character of lithographic illustrations.
Ulrich Marzolph is professor of Islamic studies at the Georg-August-University in Göttingen, Germany, and a senior member of the editorial committee of the Enzyklopädie des Märchens, a research and publishing institute associated with the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen. He specializes in the narrative culture of the Near and Middle East, with particular emphasis on Arab and Persian folk narrative and popular literature. His major publications include Typologie des persischen Volksmärchens (1984); Arabia ridens: Die humoristische Kurzprosa der frühen adab-Literatur (1992); Narrative Illustration in Persian Lithographed Books (2001); and The Arabian Nights Encyclopedia (2004; with Richard van Leeuwen). His other research interests include the history of printing in the Near East and the visual culture of the Muslim world, especially in Iran.