Articles in journals
Keelan Overton and Kimia Maleki, “The Emamzadeh Yahya at Varamin: A Present History of a Living Shrine, 2018-20.” Journal of Material Cultures in the Muslim World 1, no. 1-2 (2020): 120-149. [pdf] (online version: 09 Feb 2021)
Abstract: The Emamzadeh Yahya at Varamin, a tomb-shrine located south of Tehran, is well known for supplying global museums with iconic examples of Ilkhanid-period luster tilework. After providing a historiography of the site, including its plunder in the late nineteenth century, we explore its current (2018–20) “life” in order to illuminate the many ways that it can be accessed, used, perceived, and packaged by a wide range of local, national, and global stakeholders. Merging past and present history, art history and amateur anthropology, and the academic, personal, and popular voice, this article explores the Emamzadeh Yahya’s delicate and active existence between historical monument, museum object, sacred space, and cultural heritage.
Keywords: Emamzadeh Yahya (Imamzada Yahya) – Varamin (Veramin, Waramin) – Iran – Ilkhanid –shrine – luster – tilework – mihrab – museums – present history – COVID-19
Essays in edited volumes (book chapters)
Keelan Overton, “Introduction to Iranian Mobilities and Persianate Mediations in the Deccan.” Chapter 1 in Iran and the Deccan: Persianate Art, Culture, and Talent in Circulation, 1400-1700, ed. Keelan Overton, Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2020, 3-76.
Keelan Overton and Kristine Rose-Beers (with contributions by Bruce Wannell), “Indo-Persian Histories from the Object Out: the St Andrews Qur’an manuscript between Timurid, Safavid, Mughal, and Deccani worlds.” Chapter 10 in Iran and the Deccan: Persianate Art, Culture, and Talent in Circulation, 1400-1700, ed. Keelan Overton. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2020, 257-336.
This essay is the first interdisciplinary and detailed analysis of the codex. It features 27 figures and 4 tables documenting the manuscript’s biography and intervention, ownership marks, textblock, and binding. Also see our previous Blogs.
Keelan Overton and Jake Benson, “Deccani Seals and Scribal Notations: Sources for the Study of Indo-Persian Book Arts and Collecting (c. 1400-1680).” In The Empires of the Near East and India: Source Studies of the Safavid, Ottoman, and Mughal Literate Communities, ed. Hani Khafipour. New York: Columbia University Press, April 2019, 554-96. [pdf]