The Pursuit of Pleasure: Drugs and Stimulants in Iranian History

by Rudi Matthee (Author)

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From ancient times to the present day, Iranian social, political, and economic life has been dramatically influenced by psychoactive agents. This book looks at the stimulants that, as put by a longtime resident of seventeenth-century Iran, Raphaël du Mans, provided Iranians with 'damagh', gave them a "kick," got them into a good mood. By tracing their historical trajectory and the role they played in early modern Iranian society (1500–1900), Rudi Matthee takes a major step in extending contemporary debates on the role of drugs and stimulants in shaping the modern West.

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Category Discovering Iran, History, Sociology,
Language English
Format Hardcover
Pages 366
Publisher Mage
Publication Date 2005
Edition First
ISBN 934211647

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