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The Traveling King

Naghmeh Sohrabi

in Taken for Wonder

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199829705
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933341 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199829705.003.0004
The Traveling King

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Nasir al-Din Shah (r. 1848–1896), the longest reigning Qajar monarch, traveled to Europe three times during his rule, writing detailed accounts of each travel, in addition to multiple other accounts of travel within Iran. This chapter examines the king’s European travelogues within the context of his other travel writings, the extensive body of commissioned and translated geographic works during his time, and the court’s gazette, Iran. This chapter shows the development of imperial narratives through the king’s own writings and the use of his detailed descriptions of travel as a tool for domestic politics and international diplomacy.

Keywords: Qajar Iran; Nasir al-Din Shah Qajar; Persian travelogues; Europe; World fairs; Diplomacy; translations; geography; mapping

Chapter.  14840 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literature

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