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Name of Object:

Kurds charging, with Kettle-drummers leading, from the book Glimpses of Life and Manners in Persia

Location:

London, United Kingdom

Holding Institution:

The British Library

Date of Object:

1856 (publication of the book)

Author:

Author of the book: Lady Mary Leonora Woulfe Sheil

Description:

Mary Leonor Woulfe Sheil, wife of Sir Justin Sheil, a British diplomat at the Qajar court in Persia (Iran), recorded in this book events from her journey to and life in Persia, from 7 August 1849 until June 1853. Persia was a strategic territory. Two years before Lady Shail's journey, a treaty redefined the frontiers between the Ottoman empire and the Qajar territories.

The book describes people seen during the journey, court life, fashion, society, geography and the ancient irrigation system of the qanats. Some of the events described reveal a hidden side of Persia – social unrest, in the shape of ideas considered by the author as a mixture of religious creed, socialism and communism: Lady Sheil witnessed the execution of the religious leader of the “Baabi” group, Sayyid Ali Mohammed, in Tabriz (1850).

Citation of this web page:

Maria Francesca Carvelli (MWNF) "Kurds charging, with Kettle-drummers leading, from the book Glimpses of Life and Manners in Persia" in "Sharing History", Museum With No Frontiers, 2020. http://www.sharinghistory.org/database_item.php?id=object;AWE;uk;167;en

Database entry origination:

Prepared by: Maria Francesca Carvelli (MWNF)

MWNF Working Number: UK 167

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