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AccueilAbstracta IranicaVolume 234. Histoire, Période Musulmane4.2. Histoire du XVe au XIXe siècle4.2.1. Safavides et Qâjârs« Shah ‘Abbas, the English East I...

Colin Paul Mitchell

« Shah ‘Abbas, the English East India Company and the Cannonneers of Fars ». Itinerario, 24, (2000), pp. 104-125.

Compte-rendu réalisé par Rudi Matthee

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1This interesting article considers the Safavid advance on the Persian Gulf littoral during the reign of Šāh ‘Abbās I, arguing that it should be put in a military and political strategic terms rather in the commercial context in which is customarily placed. Šāh ‘Abbās’s focus, the author rightfully contends, was military conquest and political centralization, and his incorporation of Hormuz and other ventures in the gulf and dealings with Fars province should be examined in this light as well. A related argument is that the Safavid use of artillery – including its use in subduing city walls – was much more widespread and sophisticated than is generally assumed. The argument that a sizeable military arsenal, including cannons, were located in the south is well taken, though the evidence for a direct armaments industry of Lar may well have been linked more directly to the existence of sulfur in the region than to presumed English supplies, for which the evidence remains rather sketchy.

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Rudi Matthee. Colin Paul Mitchell, « « Shah ‘Abbas, the English East India Company and the Cannonneers of Fars ». Itinerario, 24, (2000), pp. 104-125. », Abstracta Iranica [En ligne], Volume 23 | 2002, document 155, mis en ligne le 08 février 2010, consulté le 05 décembre 2021. URL : ; DOI :

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