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Tobit and Persian Jewry: Exile and Writing Between Florence and the Persianate World
Humanities Research Fellowship for the Study of the Arab World program in collaboration with Arab Crossroads Studies

Mahnaz Yousefzadeh presents the only known Judeo-Persian Old Testament book of Tobit acquired by Giambattista Vecchietti during his second journey to Persia and India (1600-1608). The diplomat-scholar’s interest in Tobit is situated within an early-modern post-Trentine Florentine encounter with the Persianate world. By re-naming the manuscript 'Tobi and Persian Jewry,' Vecchietti posits an original hermeneutic built on a poetics of uncoerced exile not rooted in the Septuagint or the Vulgate. Vecchietti’s Persianate reading offers a new history of biblical exile and art that prefigures Vico’s humanism and further offers an explanation for the popularity of Tobias iconography in the Mughal courts of Akbar and Jahangir.

Mahnaz Yousefzadeh - Affiliate Professor, Art History, NYUAD; Professor, Global Liberal Studies, NYU

Maurice Pomerantz, Program Head of ACS; Associate Professor of Literature, NYUAD

5pm Abu Dhabi | 8am New York

*Open to the NYU community and by invitation
*This webinar will be recorded for institutional memory and a recording will be made available afterwards

Dec 13, 2020 05:00 PM in Dubai

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