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Burnes, Sir Alexander (1805–1841), political officer in India and explorer

Katherine Prior.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: World History; Maps and Map-making; US Politics; US Colonial and Revolutionary History; Colonialism and Imperialism; Indian History; Politics; Middle Eastern History. 1016 words.

Burnes, Sir Alexander (1805–1841), political officer in India and explorer, fourth of the five sons of James Burnes (1780–1852), provost of Montrose, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of...

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Iran

Ali Ansari.

November 2014; p ublished online November 2014 .

Book. Subjects: Islam; World History; Middle Eastern History; Politics. 144 pages.

Iran has rarely been out of the headlines. Yet extensive media interest has tended to hinder rather than help our understanding of Iran as an idea, an identity, and a people, leading to a...

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3. Iran and Islam

Ali M. Ansari.

in Iran

November 2014; p ublished online November 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Islam; World History; Middle Eastern History; Politics. 9708 words.

In 1979 the Islamic Revolution overthrew the monarchy and transformed Iran’s relations with the outside world. Iranian history was reassessed along with the importance of Islam to Iranian...

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5. Iran and the Iranians

Ali M. Ansari.

in Iran

November 2014; p ublished online November 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Islam; World History; Middle Eastern History; Politics. 748 words.

‘Iran and the Iranians’ explains that to begin to understand Iran is to appreciate its history—real and mythological—to see how different influences have been woven into a complex tapestry...

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4. Iran and the West

Ali M. Ansari.

in Iran

November 2014; p ublished online November 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Islam; World History; Middle Eastern History; Politics. 10515 words.

‘Iran and the West’ charts the relationship between Iran and the West beginning in the 16th and 17th centuries with increased contact with Western rulers eager to secure both economic...

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Mehmet Ali (c. 1769–1849), Ottoman viceroy and founder of the Egyptian royal family

Eugene Rogan.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Middle Eastern History; Middle Eastern Politics. 1329 words.

Mehmet Ali (c. 1769–1849), Ottoman viceroy and founder of the Egyptian royal family, was born in the Macedonian port of Kavalla, though the actual date of his birth has been obscured....

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2. Mythology and history

Ali M. Ansari.

in Iran

November 2014; p ublished online November 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Islam; World History; Middle Eastern History; Politics. 11527 words.

‘Mythology and history’ describes the combined mythological and historical narratives that have had a powerful influence on contemporary Iranian identity. The mythological dynasties and...

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1. Reading Iran

Ali M. Ansari.

in Iran

November 2014; p ublished online November 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Islam; World History; Middle Eastern History; Politics. 1554 words.

Two important contributing factors to any understanding of Iran and the identity of Iranians are the centrality of history, and the subtle nature of Iran’s relationship with the West....

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Shakespear, William Henry Irvine (1878–1915), diplomat and explorer

Peter Sluglett.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: World History; Maps and Map-making; Diplomatic History; International Relations; Middle Eastern History. 1414 words.

Shakespear, William Henry Irvine (1878–1915), diplomat and explorer, was born at Multan, in what is now Pakistan, on 29 October 1878, the eldest son of William Henry Sullivan Shakespear, of...

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