IISS Workshop. "The Mongol King, the Prophet Muhammad, and the Buddha: Inter-faith Disputations and Sacred Kingship in Medieval Iran."
In chapter four, Jonathan explores how the Ilkhanid vizier Rashid al-Din (d. 1317) experimented with the classical boundaries separating prophethood and sainthood from kingship in Muslim theological thought to make room for a new rank of an exceptional, sacred and saintly Muslim kingship. The chapter focuses on the vizier’s neglected theological writings to show that Rashid al-Din appropriated and expanded the Ashʿarite theologian and exegetist Fakhr al-Din al-Razi’s (d. 1210) hierarchy of human souls to mediate between Mongol notions of sacred kingship and Islamic worldviews. Paying particular attention the vizier’s polemical anti-Buddhist works, the chapter further argues that the Ilkhanid vizier used this new Islamic theologically grounded model of sacred authority to claim to himself the exclusive position of the Mongol ruler’s intermediary in a court dominated by inter-religious, inter-confessional and inter-personal rivalries and competition.
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|Building:||School of Social Work Building|
|Event Type:||Workshop / Seminar|
|Tags:||History, International, Middle East Studies, Muslim, Religious|
|Source:||Happening @ Michigan from Global Islamic Studies Center, International Institute|
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