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In the shadow of the king : Zill al-Sultān and Isfahān under the Qājārs

Author: Heidi A Walcher; Iran Heritage Foundation.
Publisher: London ; New York : I.B. Tauris : in association with the Iran Heritage Foundation, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Zill al-Sultan was the notorious Qajar prince who ruled Isfahan, Iran's former capital during the Safavid era, as governor from 1874 to 1907. He is remembered as a Qajar anti-hero - even a villain - to this day, based largely on his apparent exercise of absolute power and pursuit of intrigue to further his own political interests." "Heidi A. Walcher has produced the first, extraordinarily important study which  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographie
Biography
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Walcher, Heidi A.
In the shadow of the king.
London ; New York : I.B. Tauris : in association with the Iran Heritage Foundation, 2008
(OCoLC)645832013
Named Person: Masʻūd ibn Nāṣir al-Dīn Ẓill al-Sulṭān; Masʻūd ibn Nāṣir al-Dīn Ẓill al-Sulṭān; Ẓill-as-Sulṭan, Iran Prinz; Masʼūd Ibn-Nāṣir-ad-Dīn Ẓill-as-Sulṭan; Ẓill-as-Sulṭan, Iran Prinz.
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Heidi A Walcher; Iran Heritage Foundation.
ISBN: 9781850434344 1850434344
OCLC Number: 148904956
Description: xii, 508 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: The city of religion and Opium --
Trading the Kārūn navigation rights for the Star of India --
A blind star will not become the moon: the Zill al-Sultān's eclipse --
Taqī is not afraid of your unloaded canons --
Defeating the British tobacco monopoly --
Anti-British resistance and other trade wars --
The Anglican gospel for Persia --
Proselytizing the Jews --
Disintegration and unrest --
Rise of the light of God: from princely absolutism to tribal rule --
Epilogue --
List of governors of Isfahān 1752-1922.
Responsibility: Heidi A. Walcher.
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Presents a study of the social and political circumstances of late 19th-century Iran. This book examines the difficult relationships between the secular and Islamic elites, the impact on Isfahan of  Read more...

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