REPRESENTATION OF SHAH ABBAS IN EARLY MODERN ENGLISH LITERATURE
This paper explores how Shah Abbas, the Safavid king of Persia, has been portrayed in different literary and non-literary sources from the early modern English period to date. The period of Safavid Persia ruled by Shah Abbas has been famous due to the march of progress and prosperity as the ancient Achaemenid period of Cyrus and Darius has been. These two periods namely the Achaemenid period and Safavid period haunt the Western minds due to their glory and grandeur and even serve as model of how the rulers can strengthen and expand their states simultaneously. Shah Abbas played a pivotal role in making Persia as great and glorious state as it was in the past. The researchers have attempted to investigate how the west has represented Shah Abbas in varied literary and non-literary works. Through this investigatory study, the paper reveals that the Western writers and playwrights have somewhat misrepresented Shah Abbas due to their Eurocentric perspectives despite Shah Abbas’ great contribution to Persia.