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Jeffrey S. Turley
Brigham Young University, Provo (Provo, UT 84602)

Translation the "Comentarios" of Garcia de Silva y Figueroa, 1614-1624.

During the 17th century, several European writers chronicled their voyages to Persia. The most celebrated of these was Jean Chardin, whose 10-volume work is held to be the masterpiece of the genre. Unduly ignored, however, is the memoir of Garcia de Silva y Figueroa, the Spanish Secretary of State who was sent to Shah Abbas I by Philip III half a century before Chardin. During his decade-long (1614-1624) embassy, Garcia de Silva recorded his observations in his Comentarios. Despite its merit, scholars have found access to the manuscript of the Comentarios difficult at best; there is a transcription but no complete translation. (Edited by staff)

Project fields:
Near and Middle Eastern History

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Total amounts:
$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2007 – 7/31/2007