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The Monetary History of Iran: From the Safavids to the Qajars

The Monetary History of Iran: From the Safavids to the Qajars
Rudi Matthee, Willem Floor, Patrick L. Clawson

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The monetary history of a country provides important insights into its economic development, as well as its political and social history. This book is the first detailed study of Iran's monetary history from the advent of the Safavid dynasty in 1501 to the end of Qajar rule in 1925. Using an array of previously unpublished sources in ten languages, the authors consider the specific monetary conditions in Iran's modern history, covering the use of ready money and its circulation, the changing conditions of the country's mints and the role of the state in managing money. Throughout the book, the authors also consider the larger regional and global economic context within which the Iranian economy operated. As the first study of Iran's monetary history, this book will be essential reading for researchers of Iranian and economic history.

Author Info

Rudi Matthee is Professor of History at University of Delaware. He is the author of Persia in Crisis: Safavid Decline and the Fall of Isfahan (I.B.Tauris) and The Pursuit of Pleasure: Drugs and Stimulants in Iranian History, 1500-1900. Willem Floor is an independent scholar specialising in the history of Iran in the Safavid and modern ages. His publications include A Social History of Sexual Relations in Iran; Iran and the World in the Safavid Age (with Edmund Herzig, eds, I.B.Tauris); Labor and Industry in Iran, 1850-1941 and The Persian Gulf: A Political and Economic History of Five Port Cities 1500-1730. Patrick Clawson is Deputy Director of Research at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and senior editor of Middle East Quarterly.


'This book fills a very major gap in Iran's economic history that has important ramifications for social and political history. Its descriptive, chronological narrative is well based on, and supported by, Persian and western sources.'
Gene R. Garthwaite, Jane and Raphael Bernstein Professor in Asian Studies, Emeritus & Professor of History, Emeritus, Dartmouth College

‘This excellent, thorough history of money in Iran since the beginning of the Safavid dynasty, by leading experts in the field, is actually much more than that – it provides an essential foundation for an understanding of Iran’s economic and political history in modern times.’
Michael Axworthy, Director of the Centre for Persian and Iranian Studies, Exeter University

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: International Library of Iranian Studies

ISBN: 9781780760797
Publication Date: 29 Apr 2013
Number of Pages: 320
Height: 234
Width: 156
Illustrations: 24pp bw plates, 3 maps

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