New Publication-The Royal Lens: Naser Al-Din Shah's Photography of His Harem

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July 31, 2018
United States
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Islamic History / Studies, Sexuality Studies

The Royal Lens: Naser Al-Din Shah's Photography of His Harem (July 2018)

By Pedram Khosronejad
Hardcover: 352 pages
Language: English
Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.1 x 8 inches


Khosronejad's unique collection provides us with a treasure trove of images focusing on the daily life of Naser al-Din Shah, his wives, concubines, and slaves of both sexes.
Janet Afary, Mellichamp Professor of Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara.


Pedram Khosronejad has provided invaluable new information about the history of photography in Iran during the 19th-century Qajar period. In particular he has carefully researched the photographs taken by Naser al-Din Shah, perhaps the Qajar monarch most fascinated by Western technology. These intimate photographs of his own harem are unique and highly informative, not just for their intrinsic value in a period in which human images were disapproved of, but also for what they reveal about Naser al-Din Shah, his self-image, his household and his court.
William Beeman, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Minnesota.


Contact Info: 

Dr. Pedram Khosronejad
Farzaneh Family Scholar
Associate Director for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies
School of Global Studies & Partnerships/School of Media & Strategic Communications
Oklahoma State University
201 Wes Watkins Center
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078
Phone: 405-744-2507

| Chief Editor, Anthropology of the Contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia SeanKingston  

| Series Editor, The Anthropology of Persianate Societies, SeanKingston    

| Series Editor, Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies, LIT Verlag