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With new and existing evidence being reconsidered, this edited collection takes a multidisciplinary approach to discussing the Qajar system within the context of the wars that engulfed it and the periods of peace that ensued. It throws new light on the decision-making processes, the restraints on action, and the political exigencies at play during the Qajar years.
Introduction Roxane Farmanfarmaian Prologue: The Dream of Empire Peter W. Avery Part 1: War 1. Between Scylla and Charybdis: Policy-Making under Conditions of Constraint in Early Qajar Persia Manoutchehr M. Eskandari-Qajar 2. Building a New Army: Military Reform in Qajar Iran Stephanie Cronin 3. The Turko-Persian War of 1821-1823: Winning the War but Losing the Peace Graham Williamson 4. Social Networks and Border Conflicts: The First Herat War 1838-1841 Vanessa Martin Part 2: Peace 5. The Consolidation of Iran’s Frontier on the Persian Gulf in the 19th Century Lawrence G. Potter 6. Narrowing the Frontier: Mid-19th Century Efforts to Delimit and Map the Perso-Ottoman Border Richard Schofield 7. Crime, Security and Insecurity: Socio-Political Conditions of Iran, 1870-1924 Mansureh Ettehadieh (Nezam-Mafie) 8. Merchants without Borders: Trade, Travel and a Revolution in Late Qajar Iran (The Memories of Hajj Mohammad-Taqi Jourabchi, 1907-1911) Ali Gheissari 9. The Politics of Concession: Reassuring the Interlinkage of Persia’s Finances, British Intrigue and Qajar Negotiation Roxane Farmanfarmaian
Contemporary events in the Islamic world dominate the headlines and emphasise the crises of the Middle East and North Africa, yet the Islamic World is far larger and more varied than we realise. Current affairs there too mask the underlying trends and values that have, over time, created a fascinating and complex world. This new series is intended to reveal that other Islamic reality by looking at its history and society over the ages, as well as at the contemporary scene. It will also reach far further afield, bringing in Central Asia and the Far East as part of a cultural space sharing common values and beliefs but manifesting a vast diversity of experience and social order.