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Taken for Wonder: Nineteenth Century Travel Accounts from Iran to Europe

Naghmeh Sohrabi

Abstract

This book focuses on travelogues by Iranians traveling to Europe in the nineteenth century. It argues for an interpretive framework that moves away from an overemphasis on the destinations of travel (particularly in cases where the destination, such as Europe, signifies larger meanings such as modernity) and that historicizes the travelogue itself as a rhetorical text in the service of its origin’s concerns and developments. Within this framework, this book demonstrates the ways in which travel writings from Iran to Europe were used to position Qajar Iran (1794–1925) within a global context—th ... More

Keywords: Qajar Empire, Persian travelogues, Europe, Geography, Iran, Modernity, Historiography, Wonder, Development of genre

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199829705
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199829705.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Naghmeh Sohrabi, author
Brandeis University

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