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Rudi Matthee serves as the John and Dorothy Munroe
Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Delaware, where he
teaches Middle Eastern history, with a research focus on early modern Iran and
the Persian Gulf. His books include The Politics of Trade in Safavid
Iran: Silk for Silver, 1600-1730 (Cambridge University Press,
1999); The Pursuit of Pleasure: Drugs and Stimulants in Iranian
History, 1500-1900 (Princeton University Press, 2005); Persia
in Crisis: Safavid Decline and the Fall of Isfahan (I.B. Tauris,
2012); and, with Willem Floor and Patrick Clawson, The Monetary History
of Iran. From the Safavids to the Qajars (I.B. Tauris, 2013). He
co-edited, with Beth Baron, Iran and Beyond: Essays in Honor of Nikki
R. Keddie (2000); co-edited, with Nikki Keddie, Iran and the
Surrounding World, 1501-2001:Interactions in Culture and Cultural
Politics (2002); and, with Jorge Flores, Portugal, the Persian
Gulf and Safavid Persia (Peeters, 2011). His most recent edited volume is The Safavid World (Routledge, 2021). He has also published
numerous articles on aspects of Safavid and Qajar Iran. He twice served as
president of the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies, 2003-05 and 2009-2011, and
currently serves as the president of the Persian Heritage Foundation. He
received the 2006 Albert Hourani Book Prize, awarded by the Middle East
Studies Association of North America, the Saidi Sirjani Award, 2004-2005,
awarded by the International Society for Iranian Studies, the British-Kuwaiti
Friendship Book Prize, 2012, and, twice, the prize for best foreign-language book
on Iran from the Iranian Ministry of Culture.
Angels Tapping at the Wine-shop's Door: A history of Alcohol in the Islamic World (London: Hurst Publishers; New York: Oxford University Press, 2023)
The Safavid World (Routledge, 2021)
Russians in Iran: Diplomacy and Power in the Qajar Era and Beyond (I.B. Tauris, 2018)
The Spanish Monarchy and Safavid Persia in the Early Modern Period. Politics, War and Religion (Albatros, Valencia, 2016)
Persia in Crisis: Safavid Decline and the Fall of Isfahan (I.B. Tauris, 2012)
Portugal, the Persian Gulf and Safavid Persia With Jorge Flores (Peeters, 2011)
The Pursuit of Pleasure: Drugs and Stimulants in Iranian History, 1500-1900 (Princeton University Press, 2005)
Iran and the Surrounding World: Interactions in Culture and Cultural Politics (University of Washington Press, 2002)
Iran & Beyond: Essays in Middle Eastern History in Honor of Nikki R. Keddie (Mazda Publishers Inc., 2000)
The Politics of Trade in Safavid Iran: Silk for Silver, 1600-1730 (Cambridge University Press, 1999)
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