Mr. Darcy's Persians: The First Middle Eastern Students in Europe


Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 18:00 to 20:00


UBC Robson Square
800 Robson Street
V6Z 3B7 Vancouver , BC


In 1815, six Iranian students arrived in London on a mission to master the modern sciences behind the rapid rise of Europe. Their experiences during their four years in Regency London opens a window onto a transformative encounter between an Evangelical England and an Islamic Iran at the dawn of the modern age. This public talk tells the rarest of stories about Europe and the Muslim world: a story of friendship.
Nile Green is Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. His many books include The Love of Strangers, Sufism: A Global History, and Bombay Islam.

organized by Sebastian Prange

reception hosted by the YLaw Group

media sponsor AriaTV

supported by grants from the Dean of Arts, the Department of History and the Department of Asian Studies at UBC, and the Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures at SFU




About the Presenter

Nile Green describes himself in the following way:

"I am a historian of the multiple globalizations of Islam and Muslims. After beginning my career as a historian of India and Pakistan, I have traced Muslim networks that connect Afghanistan, Iran, the Indian Ocean, Africa, Japan, Europe and America.

... In recent years, I have sought to position Islam and Muslims in global history through publishing more broadly on such topics as intellectual and technological interchange between Asia and Europe; Muslim global travel writings; the transnational genealogy of Afghan modernism; and the world history of 'Islamic' printing. I have also used the networks forged by Sufi brotherhoods to understand pre-modern and early modern mechanisms of Muslim expansion from the Middle East to China and beyond. One hallmark of my writing has been to join together the study of the early modern and modern periods, especially with regard to the question of multiple globalisms and globalizations."

UCLA bio