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From the Indian Ocean to the MediterraneanThe Global Trade Networks of Armenian Merchants from New Julfa$
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Sebouh DavidAslanian

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520266872

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520266872.001.0001

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Old Julfa, the Great Deportations, and the Founding of New Julfa

Old Julfa, the Great Deportations, and the Founding of New Julfa

(p.23) 2 Old Julfa, the Great Deportations, and the Founding of New Julfa
From the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean

Sebouh David Aslanian

University of California Press

This chapter explores the history of Old Julfa and focuses in particular on its destruction by Shah 'Abbas I during the Safavid-Ottoman war of 1603–1605, followed a decade later by its resurrection and reincarnation as a wealthy mercantile suburb of Isfahan named New Julfa. It examines the scant documentation on the history of Old Julfa and discusses its role in the international trade of Iranian raw silk in the second half of the sixteenth century. It also traces the Safavid-Ottoman war of 1603–1605 and the subsequent deportation and resettlement of the town's mercantile and artisan population on the outskirts of Isfahan. Contrary to most of the literature on the deportation of the Julfans, this chapter argues that the decision to deport the Julfans was most likely made in the course of the war and was not necessarily part of a larger “conscious policy” or blueprint of economic and urban renewal by Shah 'Abbas I.

Keywords:   Old Julfa, New Julfa, Shah 'Abbas I, Safavid-Ottoman war, Isfahan, international trade, raw silk, deportation, resettlement, Julfans

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