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Economy and material existence

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This section presents Jewish trades and occupations in nineteenth-century Iran according to contemporary European sources. It depicts the experiences of such an itinerant Jewish physician of Gulpaygan (in the summer of 1811) in the provincial towns and villages tens of kilometers away from his native town. It also presents the passage documenting the work and performance of such a typical band of Jewish musicians and entertainers of Shiraz in a private party that was held in that city in the spring of 1888. The author of the passage, who provides a first hand and engaging picture of the performance and its specific upper-class social setting, is the late Professor Edward Granville Browne, the renowned and prolific scholar of Persian literature and Iranian culture. Finally, the section concerns a specific case of commercial partnership and dispute between two Jewish merchants of Yazd during the last quarter of the nineteenth century.

Keywords: Edward Granville Browne; European sources; Gulpaygan; Jewish merchants; Jewish trades; nineteenth-century Iran; Yazd



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