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Analyses the Contents and Doctrinal function of the Epigraphs in Isfahan’s Chaharbagh School-Mosque


Mohieddin Aghadavoudi, Iman Zakariaee Kermani, Ali Reza Khajeh Ahmad Attari, Bahareh Taghavinejad


Vol. 17  No. 4  pp. 85-94


Chaharbagh School-Mosque, known as the treasury of Iranian-Islamic epigraphy, enjoys a particular position. Meanwhile elucidating the doctrine function of this edifice, the present study tries to carry out a content analysis of the themes inscribed therein so as to provide for the grounding based upon which an answer could be found to this main question as to what are the most significant doctrine contents signified by the epigraphs in Chaharbagh School-Mosque? The present developmental research is a descriptive-analytical study in terms of the methodology adopted herein and the findings have been raked based on field studies and library research in addition, the findings have been, subsequently, analyzed qualitatively. The results indicate that the proportions between the epigraphs’ doctrine function and the edifice’s use have been extensively reflected in the inscriptions’ themes which are of two types, in terms of contents and the type of the message they convey firstly, the religious-ideological doctrine topics mirroring the important teachings regarding the worships and the remembrances and an emphasis on the Imamate, caliphate and the particular position of His Highness Ali (peace be upon him) in line with Safavid era’s Shiite religious policy and, secondly, the special doctrine contents in the area of accumulating knowledge which embrace the necessity to learn sciences, learning and teaching ethics, superiorities of scholars over prayerful individuals and things of the like


Safavid era, Chaharbagh School-Mosque, teaching contents, content analysis