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October 8, 2012
Time:3-4:30 p.m.
Description:Naghmeh Sohrabi, Brandeis University, presents a lecture titled "Shah-Rah or the King's Road: Reinterpreting the European Travel Writings of Nasir al-Din Shah Qajar." Nasir al-Din Shah (r. 1848-1896), was the longest reigning Qajar monarch. He documented his travel to Europe extensively.

Until recently, these travelogues were dismissed by scholars for focusing on frivolous and repetitive information. This talk presents a new interpretation of Nasir al-Din Shah's extensive travel writing by placing them in their own cultural and political milieu, and by focusing on the question of why the king would choose to so meticulously record his travels.

Sohrabi is the Charles (Corky) Goodman Professor of Middle East History and the associate director for research at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis. Her book "Taken for Wonder: Nineteenth Century Travel Accounts from Iran to Europe" was recently published by Oxford University Press. Her new research focuses on the assassination of Nasir al-Din Shah in 1896 by a follower of Jamal al-Din al-Afghani. In addition to her scholarship on the nineteenth century, Professor Sohrabi writes and lectures on contemporary politics and culture of Iran.
Location:Student Activity Center (SAC) 2.120
URL:More about this event...
Contact:Christopher S Rose | 512-471-3582
Sponsor:Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Department of History, Institute for Historical Studies
Admission:Free and open to the public
Categories:Everyone, Lecture/talk, Politics & International
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