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David Blow: Mirrors for Princes – Machiavellian advice to young rulers

December 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

‘Mirrors for Princes’ are mediaeval prose works of advice for rulers or prospective rulers on how they should exercise kingship. They were usually written by a ruler for the benefit of his son and heir, or by a high-ranking official or a senior religious scholar, in which case they were sometimes commissioned by the ruler. They have their origins in the cultural world of pre-Islamic Iran. The first ‘Mirrors’ of the Islamic era were written by Persians in Arabic, but with the re-emergence of the Persian language they were written in Persian.

This talk focuses chiefly on two of these Persian-language ‘Mirrors’ which are generally regarded as the finest examples of the genre. They are the delightful and entertaining Qabus-nama written by the ruler of a principality in the Caspian region for his son, and the Siyasat-nama or ‘The Book of Government’, written by the famous Seljuq vizier, Nezam al-Molk, at the request of the Sultan.

David Blow is the author of Shah Abbas: the ruthless king who became an Iranian legend – a very readable account of life in Iran in Safavid times. He also compiled Iran through Writers’ Eyes, a compendium of travel writing about Iran from earliest classical times to the present day, published with support from the Iran Society.

The lecture will be held at the Army & Navy Club, for members and their guests.

Details

Date:
December 8
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Venue

Army & Navy Club
36-39 Pall Mall
London, SW1Y 5JN, United Kingdom
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Phone:
02079309721
Website:
http://www.therag.co.uk