An associate faculty member of the Aga Khan Program, David Roxburgh is a full professor in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. His publications include The Persian Album, 1400-1600: From Dispersal to Collection (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004) and Prefacing the Image: The Writing of Art History in Sixteenth-Century Iran (Leiden: Brill, 2001). He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania in 1996, and has received numerous fellowships and conducted extensive research in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. His research focuses on the visual arts, principally the arts of the book, painting, and calligraphy.
Chekhab-Abudaya, Mounia, Amelie Couvrat Desvergnes, and David J. Roxburgh. "Sayyid Yusuf’s 1433 Pilgrimage Scroll (Ziyārātnāma) in the Collection of the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha." Muqarnas: An Annual On The Visual Cultures Of The Islamic World 33 (2016): 345-407.
A pilgrimagescroll (ziyārātnāma) dated 1433inthe name ofSayyidYusuf b. Sayyid Shihab al-Din Ma Waraʾ al-Nahri records an ʿumra to Mecca and visits (ziyārāt) to Medina, Jerusalem, Hebron, Najaf, and Karbala. This document reflects a common phenomenoninthe central Islamic lands ofthe post-Mongol and pre-Safavid period, namely, the non-sectarian veneration ofthe family ofthe Prophet Muhammad, and its narrative provides unusually rich details about the pilgrim’s objectives in commissioning it. Given the rarity of this document and the lack of any scholarly study of it, two art historians and one conservation scientist here present an in-depth analysis of its materials, techniques of production, format, form, topographic representations, and calligraphy. Thescroll is also considered vis-à-vis comparative materials, which are admittedly scant in number.