The Pivot of the Universe
Nasir Al-Din Shah and the Iranian Monarchy
By (author) Abbas Amanat
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Pivot of the Universe by Abbas Amanat
Book DescriptionWhen he was assassinated in 1896, Nasir al-Din Shah had sat on the Peacock throne for nearly half a century. A colourful, 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 nineteenth century.In this book - the first in English about Nasir al-Din Shah - Abbas Amanat gives us both a biography of the man and an analysis of the institution of monarchy in modern Iran. Nasir al-Din Shah developed from an insecure crown prince and later an erratic boy-king in the 1840s and 50s into a ruler with substantial control over his government and foreign policy in the 1860s and beyond. Amanat examines this transformation and explores how traditional monarchies drew strength as they accommodated themselves to the forces of modernity.Based on extensive archival research in both public and private collections and illustrated with drawings and photographs from the period, "Pivot of the Universe" offers a fresh interpretation of the evolution of monarchy in modern times as it interacted with the institutions of government, the society at large and Western powers.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781845118280
(233mm x 159mm x 38mm)
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
Publish Date: 30-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Abbas Amanat
Iran Facing Others, Hardback (February 2012)
Iran's long history and complex cultural legacy have generated animated debates about a homogenous Iranian identity in the face of ethnic, linguistic and communal diversity. The volume examines the fluid boundaries of pre-modern identity in history and literature as well as the shaping of Iranian national identity in the 20th century.
Apocalyptic Islam and Iranian Shi'ism, Paperback (February 2009)
Addresses the colourful and diverse history of Shi' Islam in both premodern and contemporary times. Focusing specifically on the importance of apocalypticism in the development of modern Shi'i theology, this book shows how an immersion in messianic ideas has shaped the conservative character of much Shi'i thinking.
Imagining the End, Hardback (November 2001)View all books by Abbas Amanat
The apocalypse is a theme common to all major monotheistic religions originating in the Middle East. Exploring ancient and modern cultural and religious experiences, this book highlights the importance of millennial and apocalyptic paradigms and their historical expressions in diverse settings.
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Author Biography - Abbas Amanat
Abbas Amanat is Professor of History at Yale University. His publications include Resurrection and Renewal: the Making of the Babi Movement in Iran, 1844-1850 and he is the co-editor of 'Imagining the End' (I.B.Tauris).
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