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Iran and the World in the Safavid Age

Iran and the World in the Safavid Age
Willem Floor

Edited by: Edmund Herzig, Willem Floor, Floor, Herzig

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The Safavid era is of special significance in the history of Iran. Under the Safavids - between the sixteenth and the mid-eighteenth century - Iran was transformed and a state emerged which was the forerunner of the Iran of today in several important ways. The age is known for its wealth of contributions to Persian culture and to the arts of the Islamic world, its robust military encounters with its Ottoman and Mughal neighbours and growing contacts with Western Europe. But little is known about the social, cultural, commercial and diplomatic relations of the Safavids with the rest of the world. "Iran and the World in the Safavid Age" presents the most recent research into Safavid Iran's foreign relations. It challenges the long-held notion that, with the adoption of Shi'ism, Iranians retreated into relative isolation, suggesting rather that they engaged with the world in unprecedented and exciting ways. With contributions from the leading authorities in the field, Iran and the World in the Safavid Age explores Iran's relations with other countries and cultures.

Examining how Iran was itself perceived as well as how it viewed the outside world this ground-breaking book sheds new light on the history of Iran's relations with the world beyond its borders and expands our understanding of this pivotal period.

Author Info

Edmund Herzig is a Senior Lecturer in Persian Studies at the University of Manchester. He specialises in the history of Iran during the Safavid and contemporary periods, as well as the Caucasus and Central Asia. He is currently co-editing The Cambridge History of Inner Asia: The Modern Age. Willem Floor is an independent scholar specialising in the history of Iran in the Safavid and modern ages. His recent publications include 'The Persian Textile Industry in Historical Perspective, 1500-1925', 'A Fiscal History of Iran in the Safavid and Qajar Periods, 1500-1925' and 'Safavid Government Institutions'.

Bibliographic Info

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

ISBN: 9781850439301
Publication Date: 29 Jul 2012
Number of Pages: 672
Height: 234
Width: 156
Illustrations: illustrations

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