Chardin Paper Assignment
In Isfahan, Iran, the
main Safavid Palace, Ali Qapu (pictured here), is located on the
western side of the Naghsh-i Jahan Square opposite the Sheikh Lotf
Allah Mosque. The Shah Mosque is on the south of the square,
while the north side opens into the Isfahan Grand Bazaar. Ali
Qapu, dating to the sixteenth century, was really a formal portal to
the immense complex of Safavid palaces in Isfahan at the height of the
empire. Dignitaries were received there. Photo credit wikipedia commons.
Read John Chardin, Travels in Persia, 1673-1677 (in its entirety).
Answer the following question in a one-page paper:
Citing specific evidence from Chardin's Travels in Persia (not from the textbook), what were some of the main features, or characteristics, of seventeenth-century Persian society?
Your paper must follow the following format:
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- typed using a word processor
(font size 10 or 12 only)
- one-inch margins
- page number citations for your
- not to exceed one (1) page
- name, date and HIS 112 at
the top left
- must have a brief introduction
and conclusion (each not to exceed two sentences)
may consider submitting drafts of your assignment to your instructor for
feedback before submitting the assignment for a grade. Please send some specific questions that you would like answered about
your draft. The questions can be general (Is my introduction clear?) or
specific (Is the phrase, "Chardin was jeweller," written correctly?).
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the short notes on Chardin and the Safavid Empire and
review the study questions on Chardin.
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instructor following the directions
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The Chardin Paper is worth a maximum of 100 points.
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