Re-Imagining Alexander in the “East”: Islamic Studies Workshop

The Mellon Islamic Studies Initiative is pleased to present the following workshop:

Re-Imagining Alexander in the “East”

Friday, May 18, 2012
1:00-5:30 pm
Cochrane-Woods Arts Center, Room 157

by Serpil Bagci, Hacettepe University

“Alexander as Mehmed: A Physiognomic Documentation”

by Evrim Binbas, Royal Holloway College, University of London

“The First Lord of the Auspicious Conjunction: Alexander the
Macedonian and Post-Mongol Islamic Political Thought”

by Massumeh Farhad, Freer/Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution

“From Greek Conqueror to Persian Sage: The Image of Alexander in Iran”

by Cornell H. Fleischer, University of Chicago

“Apocalyptic Alexander in the Millennial Ottoman Empire”

by Cemal Kafadar, Harvard University and John E. Woods, University of
Chicago, Discussants

Identified with the mysterious and eschatological Two-Horned
Dhu’l-Qarnayn of the Qur’an, Alexander of Macedon commands an imposing
presence in Islamic culture as a powerful, just, wealthy and wise
universal sovereign. His legendary personality, and its attributes,
constituted an attractive model for competing rulers who sought to
appropriate his qualities, especially after the non-Muslim Mongols
conquered much of the Islamic world in the thirteenth century. In the
fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, as a model of not only
world-encompassing but also sacral kingship, the Alexandrine empire
received new attention that emphasized its eschatological and
prophetic dimensions. This workshop will examine the image of
Alexander, or Iskandar-i Dhu’l-Qarnayn, from historical and art
historical perspectives in order to understand the attributes of his
personality within the visual and political cultures of the pre-modern
Islamic world.

The full program for this event can be found our website:

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