Conference: Portugal, the Persian Gulf and Safavid Persia
September 7-9, 2007
Freer & Sackler Galleries, Washington DC
On the 500th anniversary of Afonso de Albuquerque’s attempts to take Hormuz in the Persian Gulf, the Freer and Sackler Galleries and the Iran Heritage Foundation have organized a conference that will focus on the contacts of the Portuguese with Safavid Persia and various aspects of their activities in the Persian Gulf basin.
As part of an exploration of the wider contacts of Portugal with Asia, Africa and South America, the Freer and Sackler Galleries (Smithsonian Institution) in Washington DC will commemorate this important historical moment with a series of exhibitions in the summer of 2007 entitled 'Encompassing the Globe: Portugal and the World from the Fifteenth to the Eighteenth Centuries.'
This quincentennial is also the occasion for a conference on Portuguese relations with the Persian Gulf and Safavid Persia between 1500 and 1700. The meeting aims to examine various aspects of the activities of the Portuguese in the Persian Gulf basin and their interaction with other forces in the region, Safavid Persia, the Ottoman Empire, Arab principalities around the Gulf’s littoral, India, and rival European merchants active in the area. Topics to be discussed include sources and historiography, mutual perceptions, trade, diplomacy and politics, missionary activities, and cross-cultural exchange.
Iran Heritage Foundation
5 Stanhope Gate
London W1K 1AH, United Kingdom
T 44 20 74934766
F 44 20 74999293
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