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Between Foreigners and ShiʿisNineteenth-Century Iran and its Jewish Minority$
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Daniel Tsadik

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780804754583

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804754583.001.0001

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Vacillating Steps Toward Change (1866–1873)

Vacillating Steps Toward Change (1866–1873)

(p.60) Three Vacillating Steps Toward Change (1866–1873)
Between Foreigners and Shiʿis
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During the nineteenth century, Jews in Iran were not treated with “justice and kindness,” even by Nasir al-Din Shah's own administrators. Due to lack of economic or political means, Iranian Jews could not do anything about the discrimination and repression against them. The incidents in Barfurush highlighted the Jews' plight and how other countries pressured the government to address their problems. This chapter examines the developments in Barfurush, the impact of famine on Iranian Jews, and the Shah's 1873 visit to Europe and his pronouncements of equality for the Jews. It was Mirza Husayn Khan Mushir al-Dawlah, the prime minister, who convinced the Shah to travel to Europe.

Keywords:   Jews, Iran, famine, Balfurush, Europe, al-Din Shah, discrimination, equality

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