Shah Abbas: The Ruthless King who became an Iranian Legend.

Blow, David.

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Book ID: 35604

ISBN:      9781845119898


8vo. xivm 274 pp. b/w & colour illus. publisher’s original wrappers, notes, biblio. index, previous owner’s name inscribed verso lower cover, otherwise copy in very good condition, I. B. Tauris, London, 2009.


Shah Abbas (1571-1629) was shah of Iran from 1588 (when he assumed power by deposing his father, whom he later murdered) until his death in 1629. He is of critical importance in the history of Iran, restoring the power of the Safavids through war and the strategic negotiation of peace. He is still acclaimed for his strong and decisive rule and the architectural achievements of his reign although he is also recognised as a tyrant, whose paranoia (probably justified) caused him to imprison and assassinate many of his own relatives including his own son, ultimately leaving the throne to his grandson. Remarkably, this is the first biography of Shah Abbas in English. On a Persian Throne combines rigourous scholarship with a popular style to produce the definitive, accessible and objective biography of this seminal figure in Iranian history.

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