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Taken for WonderNineteenth Century Travel Accounts from Iran to Europe$
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Naghmeh Sohrabi

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199829705

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199829705.001.0001

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The Traveling King

The Traveling King

Nasir al-Din Shah and His Books of Travel

(p.73) Chapter 4 The Traveling King
Taken for Wonder

Naghmeh Sohrabi

Oxford University Press

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

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