The Pivot of the Universe: Nasir al-Din Shah and the Iranian Monarchy, 1831-96 (Hardback)Abbas Amanat (author)
Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 31/12/1997
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When he was assassinated in 1896, Nasir al-Din shah had sat on the Peacock throne for nearly half a century. A complex figure, he is frequently portrayed as indolent and self-indulgent. Yet he was in many ways an effective ruler who displayed exceptional resilience in the face of dilemmas and vulnerabilities shared by most monarchs of the Islamic world in the 19th century. This biography traces Nasir al-Din Shah's transformation from an insecure crown prince and later an erratic boy-king to a ruler with substantial control over his government and foreign policy. It also paints a picture of the political culture that determined Nasir al-Din's behiaviour and ultimately his conception of government. Based on research into public and private papers, the book offers an interpretation both of the significance of Nasir al-Din Shah and the way in which the Iranian monarchy, the centrepiece of an ancient political order, withstood and adjusted to the challenges of modern times.
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 236 x 156 mm
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