Workshop: Transactions and Documentation in the Persianate World

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July 13, 2018 to July 14, 2018
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, Islamic History / Studies, Law and Legal History, South Asian History / Studies

Transactions and documentation in the Persianate world

Exeter, 13-14 July 2018

This workshop assembles scholars to investigate traditions of documentation related to trade and other transactions within a vast but under-studied commercial sphere – the Persianate world. This was an enormous, multi-ethnic and durable cosmopolis that stretched from Bengal to Bosnia, and variably included within itself major Islamic empires as well as more regionalised states. This workshop offers an opportunity for a close reading and comparison of legal and official instruments employed by a range of entities within the Persianate world, from kings to European trading companies, for transactions ranging from the commerical to the royal, pious and familial. 

This workshop is located within an ERC-funded project titled ‘Forms of Law in the early modern Persianate world, 17th-19th centuries’, and as such, the organisers are particularly keen to learn about legal documents written in Persian, alone or in conjunction with other languages. We have also welcomed papers about legal instruments written in other languages demonstrably present within the Persianate sphere.We have invited scholars to present 30-minute papers derived from their research, and focussed on a specific Persianate legal instrument or collection of documents.

There are publication plans associated with the proceedings of this conference.

For invited participants, travel costs to and from Exeter will be reimbursed by the project; accommodation and meals will be organised in local Exeter hotels and restaurants.

There is space for up to 10 additional participants. There are no fees for participation but there are also no subsidies available to help defray costs of travel or accommodation. Because spaces are limited, those wishing to participate must write to Dr Nandini Chatterjee before 1 July 2018.

For further details, and to view the draft programme and submitted abstracts, please visit: 



Contact Info: 

Dr Nandini Chatterjee

Department of History, College of Humanities

Amory Building, Rennes Drive, University of Exeter

Exeter EX4 4RJ