The Reluctant Tourist

Naghmeh Sohrabi

in Taken for Wonder

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199829705
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933341 | DOI:
The Reluctant Tourist

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In 1809, Mirza Abul Hasan Khan Ilchi Shirazi set off for England to negotiate a treaty on behalf of the king, Fath ‘Ali Shah (r. 1797–1834). This chapter examines his account of this journey, Hayratnamah, or The Book of Wonder. Specifically, it argues that Hayratnamah, by detailing the English reception of the king’s envoy, was an imperial text that narrated the glory and power of the Qajar king to readers back home at a crucial moment in British-Persian relations.

Keywords: Qajar Iran; Mirza Abul Hasan Khan Ilchi Shirazi; Hayratnamah; wonder; James Justinian Morier; Imperial narration; England; Persian travelogues

Chapter.  11228 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literature

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