Iranian Medieval History in Interdisciplinary Studies


Nowadays history has consolidated its position in the world of human science. Historical studies are not just informative, but they are reliable frameworks through which the roadmaps of other sciences are drawn. Hence, it is necessary for researchers to modify the current structures and methodologies of history and keep them in pace with other sciences.

Interdisciplinary studies provide researchers with a new understanding of history. By applying principles of interdisciplinary studies, we can develop boundaries of history and change it into a more theoretical and applied science.

The contents of historical books are mostly organized according to chronological or spatial orders. Considering interdisciplinary studies, how are historical eras redefined? In the meanwhile, what is the significance of the Iranian medieval time?

In one sense, the theme of history is the narrative of events modified by successive generations. To apply history we have to analyze events whose roots are perceivable by just going back through chains of circumstances. Hence, by studying the Iranian medieval time connecting ancient and contemporary eras we will have a deeper understanding of current issues. However, many critical issues of the Iranian medieval time have been left unstudied. Our historical knowledge of Iran includes a remote memory of splendid ancient time (330 BC- 651 AD), Arab conquests of Iran (1254-1272), the magnitude of the Safavid dynasty (1501-1722) and the decline of the Qajar dynasty (1794- 1924) and afterwards. It seems that medieval time is forgotten in the crowd of successive invasions.

Based on interdisciplinary approaches this website explores different aspects of the Iranian medieval time. These studies include the era of the Arab’s invasions of Iran to the rise of the Qajar dynasty. They are divided into 6 parts regarding interdisciplinary studies i.e. 1. Social history, 2. Historiography, 3. Historical geography, 4. Literature, 5. Art and architecture and 5. History of science. Studies of each part are classified into three sections of books, articles, and interviews.

The website of the Iranian medieval history is in two English and Persian languages. All studies including photos, maps and contexts are based on reliable resources. In this regard, all studies that contribute to our current understanding of the Iranian medieval time are welcome.[1]

Maryam Kamali

 June 2014

[1]. Painting: Genre Scene (Public punishment of three miscreants), from the Sarai Albums, Tabriz, the second half of 15th century, Hazine 2153, folio 99b in



#2 Maryam Kamali 2015-02-18 21:33
Dear Prof. Hillmann
I’m so happy that I received your encouraging comment. I’m so glad that this website is helpful to you, dear professor, and your students. Please let us know if you have any suggestions. It is with very great pleasure if we have your scholarly works on the website. Thank you so much for your great attention.
With best regards
#1 MIchael Hillmann 2015-02-16 18:07
I just came across Contratulations! It is a most valuable site for students and me to visit during my Persian Art Past and Present course. We'll be visiting it thoughout the semester, and I'll look at it almost as much as I check my e-mail! Best wishes for continued growth and success. Michael Craig Hillmann

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