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The Absolutist Mirror

Susan Mokhberi.

in The Persian Mirror

January 2020; p ublished online November 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700); European History; Middle Eastern History. 6678 words.

The visit of Mohammad Reza Beg in 1715 raised connections between the Safavid and Bourbon crowns. After the death of Louis XIV, Persia took on a different meaning under the new French...

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Against All Odds

Susan Mokhberi.

in The Persian Mirror

January 2020; p ublished online November 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700); European History; Middle Eastern History. 11373 words.

Attempts at diplomatic outreach encouraged France’s connection to Persia in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. The descriptions of the French embassy to Persia between 1706...

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Epilogue

Susan Mokhberi.

in The Persian Mirror

January 2020; p ublished online November 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700); European History; Middle Eastern History. 2790 words.

With the publication of Montesquieu’s Persian Letters in 1721, Persians transform from objects of curiosity—as witnessed in the reception of Mohammad Reza Beg in 1715—to objects of critical...

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Images of Mohammad Reza Beg

Susan Mokhberi.

in The Persian Mirror

January 2020; p ublished online November 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700); European History; Middle Eastern History. 9724 words.

Engravings of Mohammad Reza Beg were struck for his visit to France in 1715. Many of the images highlighted his foreign clothing and habits such as smoking and bathing, which in most cases...

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Images of the Persian Visit

Susan Mokhberi.

in The Persian Mirror

January 2020; p ublished online November 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700); European History; Middle Eastern History. 8708 words.

Engravings of Mohammad Reza Beg’s grand audience at Versailles showcased the connections between France and Persia. The images highlighted the Beg’s diplomatic gifts, which represented the...

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Introduction to the Mirror

Susan Mokhberi.

in The Persian Mirror

January 2020; p ublished online November 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700); European History; Middle Eastern History. 3506 words.

During the seventeenth century, French missionaries, travelers, diplomats, and writers raised comparisons between France and Persia that established Persia as a suitable mirror for France....

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Missionaries, Travelers, and the Case of Jean Chardin

Susan Mokhberi.

in The Persian Mirror

January 2020; p ublished online November 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700); European History; Middle Eastern History. 10508 words.

Missionaries and travelers presented the earliest representations of Persia. Missionaries imagined the Safavid Shiite state as open to conversion to Christianity and an ally against the...

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Persia

Susan Mokhberi.

in The Persian Mirror

January 2020; p ublished online November 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700); European History; Middle Eastern History. 10443 words.

Translations of Persian texts, fairy tales, and paintings reveal how French writers reinvented Persia to suit their own notions. French translations in the seventeenth and eighteenth...

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The Persian Embassy to France in 1715

Susan Mokhberi.

in The Persian Mirror

January 2020; p ublished online November 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700); European History; Middle Eastern History. 12359 words.

The diplomatic visits from Ottoman, Muscovite, Siamese, and Moroccan ambassadors were handled differently than the frequent diplomatic visits from European countries. The “Oriental” visits...

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The Persian Mirror

Susan Mokhberi.

January 2020; p ublished online November 2019 .

Book. Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700); European History; Middle Eastern History. 240 pages.

The Persian Mirror explores France’s preoccupation with Persia in the seventeenth century. Long before Montesquieu’s Persian Letters, French intellectuals, diplomats, and even...

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