Manifestations of Acquisition of Wisdom and Knowledge in the Timurid Illustrated Manuscript of Kelileh and Demneh with Emphasis on Embodied Cultural Assets

Document Type : Original Article


1 PhD Student, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Persian Language and Literature, Tabriz Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tabriz, Iran.

2 PhD, Faculty of Humanities, Associate Professor, Department of Persian Language and Literature, Tabriz Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tabriz, Iran.



Embodied cultural capital is in the form of long-term mental and physical skills and characteristics and is part of the knowledge and ability of individuals. Cultural tendencies and propensities are one of the main factors in measuring the amount of embodied cultural assets. Kelileh and Demneh, which is considered one of the most significant objects of objectified cultural assets, is a rich treasure trove of embodied cultural assets. It is considered as one of the most enduring objective works of written cultural heritage among the nations of India, Iran and Arabia, as well as world literature. In the present study, based on the theoretical approach of Pierre Bourdieu's cultural capital, the main cultural tendencies in this book have been studied. In terms of methodology, information collection is library method, the technique of its study is qualitative studies and content analysis. Findings show that the characteristic of the tendency to acquire wisdom and knowledge in Kelileh and Demneh has a distinct prominence. The interaction of the Indian vote with the Brahman's base on various cultural issues, which is done with the aim of expanding wisdom and generalizing knowledge of the issues raised, is one of the best embodied manifestations of cultural capital. The search for knowledge and fascination of Anushirvan, the educated Sassanid king with knowledge, the search for wisdom by Borzoyeh and Ibn Muqaffa, who sometimes created important scientific and cultural movements in their time and the excessive interest of Amir Nasr ibn Ahmad Samani, Bahram Shah of Ghaznavi and Abu Ja'far Mansour ibn Abbas (founder of the Abbasid Caliphate) and some other rulers and scholars in science and culture are manifestations of cultural capital that are embodied in Kelileh and Demneh.

Research aims:
1. Examining the cultural preferences of the identities and people in Kelileh and Demneh.
2. Explaining the manifestations of cultural capital embodied in the following components of the tendency to acquire wisdom and knowledge.

Research questions:
1. What are the components of the cultural preferences of the identities and people in Kelileh and Demneh?
2. What are the manifestations of cultural capital embodied in Kelileh and Demneh in terms of interest in acquiring wisdom and knowledge?


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