The unstable people of a tumultuous land: Persia through the eyes and feet of Hajji Baba of Isfahan

Ahmadi Arian, Amir (2014) The unstable people of a tumultuous land: Persia through the eyes and feet of Hajji Baba of Isfahan. Iranian Studies, 49 1: 57-75. doi:10.1080/00210862.2014.961337


Author Ahmadi Arian, Amir
Title The unstable people of a tumultuous land: Persia through the eyes and feet of Hajji Baba of Isfahan
Journal name Iranian Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1475-4819
0021-0862
Publication date 2014-10-28
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00210862.2014.961337
Open Access Status
Volume 49
Issue 1
Start page 57
End page 75
Total pages 19
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
For the English interested in Persia in the nineteenth century, James Morier's Adventures of Hajji Baba of Isfahan was a crucial text, as it also was for Iranians who read its groundbreaking Persian translation almost half a century later. The text provided a persuasive understanding of Persia that has endured in the western imagination. This paper begins with the framing narrative and shows how the frame story sets the stage for a convincing literary portrait of Persia and Persians. Then it analyzes the image of Persia constructed in this book through the characterization of Hajji Baba as representative of Persians, and the geopolitical portrayal of the country that emerges from the account of his travels.
Keyword James Morier
Hajji Baba of Isfahan
Picaresque
Instability
Narrative theory
Persia
Iran
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 28 Oct 2014

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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