EHSAN YARSHATER LECTURES Yale 2017: IRAN INDIA, AND EUROPE: EARLY MODERN CONNECTED HISTORIES
This lecture will examine Iranian relations with the Deccan, beginning from the time of the later Bahmanid dynasty, and then extending into the time of the Sultanates of Ahmadnagar, Bijapur and Golkonda. A particular focus will be on the presence of Iranian migrants in the Deccan, some of whom belonged to elite groups such as Sayyids, but who also included far more humble military specialists from Larestan, who used migration as a means to social mobility. A central figure whose career is examined will be that of As’ad Khan Lari in Bijapur (d. 1543), who also features in contemporary Portuguese sources.
The Lecture will be followed by a reception in the Luce Hall Common Room.