By Pedros Bedik,Willem Floor,Colette Ouahes
Bedik was once raised in an Armenian, Christian group in Ottoman-ruled Aleppo. on the age of sixteen, he was once despatched to Rome through his mom to prevent pressured conversion to Islam. For seven years he attended a missionary collage there, yet his theological schooling suddenly led to 1668 whilst he used to be expelled for carousing. quickly after, he left Rome within the corporation of the archbishop of Nakhchivan, in present-day Azerbaijan. En course the 2 agreed to release a undertaking to unite the Armenian Church with that of Rome. Bedik desired to use this plan as leverage to get eu Roman Catholic help for the safety of Armenian Christians.
From Armenia Bedik travelled to Iran and spent five years there. In his ebook, that's normally approximately his time in there, he's aggressively Christian and scathing approximately Islam, yet no longer approximately Iran and Iranians. And he is going to nice pains to teach that the Shah was once greater than prepared to go into right into a pact with the Pope and the Christian princes of Europe to together assault the Turks from all sides.
The price of this long-forgotten publication lies in Bedik’s skills as a well informed, linguistically-skilled and keen-eyed observer, even though a hugely partisan one. Its pages include interesting descriptions of the court docket, customs, and folks of Iran, together with such specified details because the ash-e su memorial dinner party rite; the abbasiyaneh consuming customized; how Persians threw a celebration and their cooking; the Nowruz ceremonies; many of the breeds of horses; the race of messengers, and the Caspian Kalmyk nomadic tribe’s annual oath to the Russian tsar.
Bedik ultimately back to Europe, entered the Holy Roman Emperor’s provider as diplomat and soldier, and used to be made a count number. In 1683, he was once appointed ambassador and despatched to Iran to debate joint army motion opposed to the Ottomans and to hunt higher remedy for Iran’s Christians. En direction, after discussions in Warsaw, he disappeared in Russia. during this publication, his important and adventurous spirit lives again.
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A Man of Two Worlds: Pedros Bedik in Iran, 1670–1675 by Pedros Bedik,Willem Floor,Colette Ouahes