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Book Review: The Love of Strangers, What Six Muslim Students Learned in Jane Austen’s London by Nile Green

By Sameer Rahim   February 2016

Princeton, £24.95

j10562Last year’s nuclear deal raised hopes of renewed cultural exchange between Iran and the west. As a historical model, we could do worse than look at what happened after the Anglo-Iranian Treaty of 1812. Nile Green’s well-researched book tells the story of six Iranian students who arrived in England in 1815 to learn about the new technologies they lacked at home. One student, Mirza Salih, kept a diary over his four-year stay, noting the morals and manners of the Englishmen (and women) he met. Never…

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