Long Day’s Journey into Night

Naghmeh Sohrabi

in Taken for Wonder

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199829705
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933341 | DOI:
Long Day’s Journey into Night

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In 1837, Iran occupied Herat in an attempt to reclaim it for the Qajar Empire. As a result the British occupied southern Iran, leading to a diplomatic imbroglio between the two empires. This chapter examines the multiple texts written by Mirza Fattah Khan Garmrudi, a deputy to the 1838 mission sent by the Qajar king, Muhammad Shah (r. 1834–1848), to make Iran’s case in various European courts. By reading Garmrudi’s texts in relation to each other, this chapter demonstrates the continued development of travel accounts as imperial texts, the multiple rhetorical uses of travelogues in Qajar Iran, and the incorporation of new geographical information in these texts.

Keywords: Mirza Fattah Khan Garmrudi; Muhammad Shah Qajar; 1837–1838 Herat affair; Iran-British relations; Austria; France; England; Geography; Persian travelogues

Chapter.  11068 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literature

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