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“So many strange and surprising occurrences, so faithfully reported…”– Representing ‘Reality’ in European Travel Narratives of the Safavid Empire

Start: Oct 18, 2017 4:30:00 PM
End: Oct 18, 2017 7:00:00 PM

Claude Duret, Histoire admirable des plantes et herbes esmerveillables et miraculeuses en nature… (Paris, 1605)
Early modern European travelers to the Safavid Empire were very interested in documenting the exotic sites and customs that they encountered during their voyages, from cityscapes to geographical information, as well as foreign costumes, religious practices, material objects, flora and fauna, and antiquities. Visitors described and analyzed Zoroastrian rites and rituals, they gave detailed accounts of the Shia Muharram mysteries celebrated in cities such as Isfahan, Ardabil, and Shamakhi, and provided depictions of ancient sites such as Persepolis.