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A Man of Two Worlds: Pedros Bedik in Iran, 1670–1675

A Man of Two Worlds: Pedros Bedik in Iran, 1670–1675

Throughout history, many an ambitious diplomatic initiative has slipped into obscurity, but few have been so thoroughly forgotten as the efforts of a young man named [read more>>]

Travels in Iran and the Caucasus, 1647 & 1654

Travels in Iran and the Caucasus, 1647 & 1654

Evliya Chelebi’s travelogue is not simply a diplomatic report, but rather a fascinating exploration of the religious, ethnic, artistic, and even culinary peculiarities of the region. [read more>>]

Titles and Emoluments in Safavid Iran: A Third Manual of Safavid Administration

Titles and Emoluments in Safavid Iran: A Third Manual of Safavid Administration

Titles and Emoluments in Safavid Iran: A Third Manual of Safavid Administration contains unique and important information on offices, ethnic attitudes and administrative developments in Iran’s Safavid government (1495–1720). [read more>>]

The Pursuit of Pleasure: Drugs & Stimulants in Iranian History, 1500-1900

The Pursuit of Pleasure: Drugs & Stimulants in Iranian History, 1500-1900

From ancient times to the present day, Iranian social, political, and economic life has been dramatically influenced by psychoactive agents. This book looks at the stimulants that, as put by a longtime resident of seventeenth-century Iran, Raphaël du Mans, provided Iranians with damagh, gave them a “kick,” got them into a good mood. [read more>>]