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By Pedros Bedik,Willem Floor,Colette Ouahes

all through heritage, many an bold 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 strong Ottoman Empire that lay among them. As a comparable company, he labored to finish the separation among the Western and japanese models of Christianity. In 1678, he released a book—written in Latin, with a Persian introduction—intended to give an explanation for the East to the West and hence extra these goals. by no means reprinted or translated, it has remained nearly unknown till now.

Bedik used to be raised in an Armenian, Christian neighborhood in Ottoman-ruled Aleppo. on the age of sixteen, he used to be despatched to Rome via his mom to prevent pressured conversion to Islam. For seven years he attended a missionary collage there, yet his theological schooling suddenly led to 1668 whilst he was once expelled for carousing. quickly after, he left Rome within the corporation of the archbishop of Nakhchivan, in present-day Azerbaijan. En course the 2 agreed to release a undertaking to unite the Armenian Church with that of Rome. Bedik desired to use this plan as leverage to get ecu Roman Catholic help for the security of Armenian Christians.

From Armenia Bedik travelled to Iran and spent five years there. In his booklet, that's normally approximately his time in there, he's aggressively Christian and scathing approximately Islam, yet no longer approximately Iran and Iranians. And he is going to nice pains to teach that the Shah used to be greater than keen 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 publication lies in Bedik’s skills as a educated, linguistically-skilled and keen-eyed observer, even though a hugely partisan one. Its pages comprise interesting descriptions of the court docket, customs, and folks of Iran, together with such specified info because the ash-e su memorial dinner party rite; the abbasiyaneh ingesting 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 ultimately back to Europe, entered the Holy Roman Emperor’s provider as diplomat and soldier, and used to be 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 greater remedy for Iran’s Christians. En path, after discussions in Warsaw, he disappeared in Russia. during this e-book, his important and adventurous spirit lives again.

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