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. (online publication: 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

Keelan Overton, “Book Culture, Royal Libraries, and Persianate Painting in Bijapur, circa 1580-1630.” Muqarnas: An Annual on the Visual Cultures of the Islamic World 33 (2016): 91-154. [pdf]

Keelan Overton, “From Pahlavi Isfahan to Pacific Shangri La: Reviving, Restoring, and Reinventing Safavid Aesthetics, c. 1920-40.” West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture 19, 1 (Spring-Summer 2012): 61-87. [print pdf] [online version]

Keelan Overton, “A History of Ottoman Art History through the Private Database of Edwin Binney, 3rd.” Journal of Art Historiography 6, special volume on “Islamic Art Historiography,” eds. Moya Carey and Margaret Graves (June 2012): 1-19. [pdf]

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

Keelan Overton, “Filming, Photographing and Purveying in ‘the New Iran:’ The Legacy of Stephen H. Nyman, ca. 1937–42.” In Arthur Upham Pope and A New Survey of Persian Art, ed. Yuka Kadoi. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2016, 327-70. [pdf]

Keelan Overton, Vida de Jacques de Coutre: A Flemish account of Bijapuri visual culture in the shadow of Mughal felicity.” In The Visual World of Muslim India: The Art, Culture and Society of the Deccan in the Early Modern Era, ed. Laura Parodi. London: I.B. Tauris, 2014, 233-64. [pdf]

Keelan Overton. “‘Maid killing a snake’ and ‘Dervish receiving a visitor:’ A Re-examination of Bijapuri masterpieces through the lens of the Lucknow copy.” In Indo-Muslim Cultures in Transition, eds. Alka Patel and Karen Leonard. Leiden: Brill, 2012, 37-60. [pdf]

Keelan Overton, “‘Ali Riza (The Bodleian Painter).” In Masters of Indian Painting I: 1100-1650, eds. Milo Beach, B.N. Goswamy and Eberhard Fischer. Zurich: Artibus Asiae Publishers, 2011, 375-90. [pdf]

Encyclopedia articles

Keelan Overton, Farrukh Ḥusayn,” Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2017, 67-78. [print pdf] [online version]

Keelan Overton, Bahmanī dynasty, The Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2016, 8-16 [print pdf] [online version]