A Glimpse at the Culture of Qajar Era - Public Attraction to Gambling in Qajar Era

Hasan Ziari, Mohsen Mohammadi Fesharaki


Games are among cultural manifestations of human communities which have continued to exist since the ancient times and developed during peaceful times; in the Qajar era, during the reign of Nasser-al-Din Shah, because relative peace and prosperity was brought about, the people, especially courtiers, showed great interest in games and spent some of their daily life on it.
In this article we have attempted to present some of the angles and dimensions of a number of these games using the itineraries of orientalists and histories and works of that period. In this regard, we have borne in mind time, venue, extensiveness, customs and the reflection of these games in literature and based on evidences demonstrated that Qajar era is one of the most prominent periods in Iranian history and culture regarding the diversity and colorfulness of these games.
Skillfulness of game players, large bets, struggles and arguments between opponents, special formalities, etc., are all the criteria for the acceptability and popularity of games in this age, which have been put into consideration.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5539/ach.v5n1p66

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