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The Persian Mirror: Reflections of the Safavid Empire in Early Modern France

Susan Mokhberi


The Persian Mirror explores France’s preoccupation with Persia in the seventeenth century. Long before Montesquieu’s Persian Letters, French intellectuals, diplomats, and even ordinary Parisians were fascinated by Persia and eagerly consumed travel accounts, fairy tales, and the spectacle of the Persian ambassador’s visit to Paris and Versailles in 1715. Using diplomatic sources, fiction, and printed and painted images, The Persian Mirror describes how the French came to see themselves in Safavid Persia. In doing so, it revises our notions of Orientalism and the exotic and suggests that early ... More

Keywords: seventeenth-century diplomacy, Louis XIV, The Persian Letters, Safavid Empire, Mohammad Reza Beg, Baron de Breteuil, Pierre-Victor Michel, Marie Petit, Jean Chardin, Charles Le Brun

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190884796
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190884796.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Mokhberi, author
Assistant Professor of History, Rutgers-Camden University