Būyid art and architecture
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The Būyids (or Buwayhids, r. 320–454/932–1062) were an Iranian dynasty who, despite—or perhaps because of—their rough-and-tumble origins, became great patrons who purposefully underwrote art and architecture to enhance their image. As with their assumption of the title shāhanshāh (“king of kings”), they used art to proclaim themselves heirs to the pre-Islamic tradition of kingship in Iran. Little remains of their art, however, so scholars have to piece together work done under their patronage from texts, a few archaeological invest…

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Blair, Sheila S., “Būyid art and architecture”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 24 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_23319>
First published online: 2009
First print edition: 9789004181311, 2009, 2009-4

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