The Poetics of Retreat: meditation and space at the Shrine in Mahan
with Dr Peyvand Firouzeh (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz)
Tuesday 12th February 2019
6:30pm – 8pm
at The Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building, University of York, YO10 5DD, UK.
Attendance by free ticket only www.york.ac.uk/news-and-events/events/public-lectures/spring-2019/poetics-retreat
Abstract: The chelleh khaneh (house of retreat), a late sixteenth-century addition to the fifteenth-century shrine of the Sufi-poet Shah Ni’matullah-e Wali (d.1431) in the southern Iranian town of Mahan, is a small room covered entirely with colourful non-figural imagery and inscriptions in verse; a project carried out by a disciple of the Sufi’s descendants. After a brief overview of the Shrine complex and its socio-political and spiritual importance for the Ni’matullahi Sufis, this presentation will focus on certain elements of the retreat room’s spatial and decorative program to explore the interactions between poetry, space, and the body, as well as the relationship between architecture, textile, and talisman, and the role these interactions played in the experience of meditation.