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About Shah Abbas - The Remaking of Iran

Shah ʿAbbas: The Remaking of Iran
19 February - 14 June 2009
Reading Room, British Museum

This major exhibition explores 17th-century Iran through the reign and legacy of one of its most influential rulers, Shah cAbbas I (r. AD 1587-1629).

Shah cAbbas was a stabilising force in Iran following a period of civil war and foreign invasion. He strengthened the economy by establishing global trade links between Asia and Europe and revitalised the state religion Shica Islam which is still practised today.

The exhibition will demonstrate Shah cAbbas's social, religious and artistic influence on Iran through the gifts he endowed to major shrines in Mashhad, Ardabil and Qum, and his magnificent new capital at Isfahan. The objects, many of which have not been seen outside Iran, will include exquisite Qur'ans, mosque lamps, paintings, carpets, calligraphy, porcelain and silks.

Shah cAbbas: The Remaking of Iran is the next major exhibition in the British Museum series focused on great rulers, following The First Emperor: China's Terracotta Army and Hadrian: Empire and Conflict. This is a unique opportunity to discover Shah cAbbas's contribution to the creation of modern Iran.

Admission £12, Members free