Dār al-Funūn (Iran)
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The Dār al-Funūn (The Academy of Applied Sciences), the first state-sponsored European-style technical school modelled on examples of Ottoman reform efforts, was established in Iran in 1267/1851 by Mīrzā Taqī Khān Amīr Kabīr (d. 1268/1852), Nāṣir al-Dīn Shāh Qājār’s (r. 1264–1313/1848–96) prime minister. The school was a central component in Amīr Kabīr’s objective of modernizing and centralizing the Qājār government, and enabling the state to prevent increasing European military, economic and political involvement in I…

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Ringer, Monica, “Dār al-Funūn (Iran)”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 16 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_25893>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004252677, 2013, 2013-2

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