James Justinian Morier (17821849), author of The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan, was no ordinary Englishman sent on a British mission to Persia. He was brought up in Turkey, educated in England, and worked as a merchant in Smyrna, and had had a complex set of influences on his perspective of the Orient. This complexity is evident in his most famous and enduring work, Hajji Baba.