New PDF release: A Man of Two Worlds: Pedros Bedik in Iran, 1670–1675

By Pedros Bedik,Willem Floor,Colette Ouahes

all through background, many an formidable diplomatic initiative has slipped into obscurity, yet few were so completely forgotten because the efforts of a tender guy named Pedros Bedik to foster an alliance among nice 17th century powers, Persia and the Holy Roman Empire, opposed to the effective Ottoman Empire that lay among them. As a comparable firm, he labored to finish the separation among the Western and japanese types of Christianity. In 1678, he released a book—written in Latin, with a Persian introduction—intended to provide an explanation for the East to the West and therefore extra these goals. by no means reprinted or translated, it has remained nearly unknown till now.

Bedik was once raised in an Armenian, Christian neighborhood in Ottoman-ruled Aleppo. on the age of sixteen, he used to be despatched to Rome by means of his mom to prevent compelled conversion to Islam. For seven years he attended a missionary university there, yet his theological schooling by surprise 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 path the 2 agreed to release a venture 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 security of Armenian Christians.

From Armenia Bedik travelled to Iran and spent five years there. In his ebook, that is as a rule approximately his time in there, he's aggressively Christian and scathing approximately Islam, yet now not 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 booklet lies in Bedik’s skills as a educated, 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 exact info because the ash-e su memorial dinner party rite; the abbasiyaneh consuming customized; how Persians threw a celebration and their cooking; the Nowruz ceremonies; some of the breeds of horses; the race of messengers, and the Caspian Kalmyk nomadic tribe’s annual oath to the Russian tsar.

Bedik finally back to Europe, entered the Holy Roman Emperor’s carrier as diplomat and soldier, and was once 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 larger therapy for Iran’s Christians. En course, after discussions in Warsaw, he disappeared in Russia. during this ebook, his very important and adventurous spirit lives again.

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