A History of Iran: Empire of the Mind

Iranian women are subject to one of the most restrictive dress codes in the Islamic world, but make up nearly 60 percent of the student population of the nation's universities. Iran's religious culture encompasses the most censorious and dogmatic Shi'a Muslim clerics in the world, beauty, yet its poetry insistently dwells on the joys of life: wine, sex.

It is an islamic republic, but one in which only 1. 4 percent of the population attend Friday prayers. The definitive history of Iran, from the ancient Persian empires to todayIran is a land of contradictions. A history of iran offers general readers an essential guide to understanding this volatile nation, which is once again at the center of the world's attention.

In a history of iran, acclaimed historian michael axworthy chronicles the rich history of this complex nation from the Achaemenid Empire of sixth century BC to the revolution of 1979 to today, including a close look at Iran's ongoing attempts to become a nuclear power.

All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror

With a thrilling narrative that sheds much light on recent events, ushered in a quarter-century of brutal rule under the Shah, this national bestseller brings to life the 1953 CIA coup in Iran that ousted the country’s elected prime minister, and stimulated the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and anti-Americanism in the Middle East.

. Selected as one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post and The Economist, it now features a new preface by the author on the folly of attacking Iran.

The Arabs: A History

The internationally bestselling definitive history of the arab world, the economist, and the Atlantic -- now updated to cover the latest developments in the Middle EastIn this groundbreaking and comprehensive account of the Middle East, named a best book of the year by the Financial Times, award-winning historian Eugene Rogan draws extensively on five centuries of Arab sources to place the Arab experience in its crucial historical context.

Starting with the ottoman conquests of the sixteenth century, Rogan follows the story of the Arabs through the era of European imperialism and the superpower rivalries of the Cold War to the present age of American hegemony, charting the evolution of Arab identity and the struggles for national sovereignty throughout.

In this updated edition, Rogan untangles the latest geopolitical developments of the region. The arabs is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the modern Arab world. This landmark book covers the Arab world from North Africa through the Arabian Peninsula, exploring every facet of modern Arab history.


Iran: A Modern History

Abbas amanat combines chronological and thematic approaches, exploring events with lasting implications for modern Iran and the world. He layers the book with discussions of literature, music, and the arts; ideology and religion; economy and society; and cultural identity and heritage. It offers a revealing look at how events, people, and institutions are shaped by currents that sometimes reach back hundreds of years.

A masterfully researched and compelling history of Iran from 1501 to 2009 This history of modern Iran is not a survey in the conventional sense but an ambitious exploration of the story of a nation. The book covers the complex history of the diverse societies and economies of Iran against the background of dynastic changes, foreign occupation, revolutions, civil wars, and the rise of the Islamic Republic.

. Drawing on diverse historical scholarship and emphasizing the twentieth century, he addresses debates about Iran’s culture and politics. Political history is the driving narrative force, given impetus by Amanat's decades of research and study.

Revolutionary Iran: A History of the Islamic Republic

Whereas the world's major revolutions of the previous two centuries had been fuelled by Western, secular ideologies, the Iranian Revolution drew its inspiration from Islam. Revolutionary iran is both richly textured and from one of the leading authorities on the region; combining an expansive scope with the most accessible and definitive account of this epoch in all its humanity.

In revolutionary iran, when iranians poured into the streets of Tehran by the hundreds of thousands, demanding free, Michael Axworthy guides us through recent Iranian history from shortly before the 1979 Islamic revolution through the summer of 2009, democratic government. Axworthy explains how that outpouring of support for an end to tyranny in Iran paused and then moved on to other areas in the region like Egypt and Libya, leaving Iran's leadership unchanged.

The iranian revolution of 1979 was a defining moment of the modern era. Throughout, he emphasizes that the Iranian revolution was centrally important in modern history because it provided the world with a clear model of development that was not rooted in Western ideologies. Axworthy takes readers through the major periods in iranian history over the last thirty years: the overthrow of the old regime and the creation of the new one; the Iran-Iraq war; the reconstruction era following the war; the reformist wave led by Mohammed Khatami; and the present day, in which reactionaries have re-established control.

Its success unleashed a wave of Islamist fervor across the Middle East and signaled a sharp decline in the appeal of Western ideologies in the Islamic world.

Iran in World History New Oxford World History

Home of one of the world's most ancient and enduring civilizations, Iran has been at the nexus of world history for the past three thousand years. From paradise gardens and persian carpets to the mystical poetry of Rumi and Hafez, Iran's contributions have earned it a place among history's most refined and sophisticated societies.

Iran today is rarely treated well in Western news headlines, despite remarkable achievements by individual Iranians in a wide range of fields. Encompassing religion, literature, and politics, the arts, Iran in World History offers a comprehensive history of one of the world's most influential civilizations and offers nuanced examples of its continuing role in the world today.

He emphasizes the range of contributions iran has made to world history by highlighting the roles of key figures such as the ancient empire-builders Cyrus the Great and Darius I, and early modern Mughal rulers such as Shah Jahan, the medieval polymath Avicenna, who built India's celebrated Taj Mahal.

From the establishment of the pahlavi dynasty by reza shah in 1925 until the 1979 revolution under the charismatic leadership of Ayatollah Khomeini, Iran embarked on a modernization process that led to the spread of literacy and the growth of the women's movement, making it one of the most advanced nations in the developing world.

Lack of political freedoms has continued to frustrate many Iranians, however, and the country is often seen as an international pariah in the West. Situated at the crossroads between East and West, it has been marked by its encounters with other cultures and has influenced them with its own. In this book, richard foltz traces the spread of iranian culture among diverse populations ranging from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean, and along the Silk Roads as far as China, from prehistoric times up to the present day.

The Mantle of the Prophet: Religion and Politics in Iran

From the ancient time of zoroaster to the world of Khomeini, this sweeping saga interweaves biography with history, politics and religion to offer new levels of understanding into Iran’s past, present and future. Written with feeling, sympathy and clarity, this revised edition includes a new chronology detailing events in Iran from the revolution right up to the present day and Ahmadinejad’s controversial regime.

. Drawn from the first-hand accounts of eyewitnesses, Roy Mottahedeh's gripping account of Islam and Politics in revolutionary Iran is widely regarded as one of the best records of that turbulent time ever written. The true story of a young mullah, and the dramatic events of the 1979 revolution, this enthralling account paints a vivid picture of contemporary Iran, while providing a panoramic survey of Muslim, his life in the sacred shrine city of Qom, Shi'ite and Persian culture from the Middle Ages to the current day.


Understanding Iran: Everything You Need to Know, From Persia to the Islamic Republic, From Cyrus to Khamenei

While iranians chafe under the yolk of their current leaders, invasion, Russian and American espionage, they also have bitter memories of generations of British, and dominance. Polk provides an informative, readable history of a country which is moving quickly toward becoming the dominant power and culture of the Middle East.

A former member of the state department's Policy Planning Council, Polk describes a country and a history misunderstood by many in the West. There are important lessons to be learned from the past, and Polk teases them out of a long and rich history and shows that it is not just now, but for decades to come that an understanding of Iran will be essential to American safety and well-being.

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A History of Modern Iran

In the intervening years, the expansion of the state and the struggle for power between the old elites, more recently, the transformation of society under the clergy and, the country has experienced a bitter war with Iraq, the intelligentsia and the commercial middle class. The author is a compassionate expositor.

It is to them and their resilience that this book is dedicated, as Iran emerges at the beginning of the twenty-first century as one of the most powerful states in the Middle East. In a reappraisal of iran's modern history, ervand abrahamian traces its traumatic journey across the twentieth century, imperial interventions, in 1979, the rule of the Pahlavis and, through the discovery of oil, revolution and the birth of the Islamic Republic.

. While he adroitly negotiates the twists and turns of the country's regional and international politics, at the heart of his book are the people of Iran.

Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings Penguin Classics

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1, 500 titles, penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. The stories of the shahnameh are deeply embedded in Persian culture and beyond, as attested by their appearance in such works as The Kite Runner and the love poems of Rumi and Hafez.

Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. The definitive translation by dick davis of the great national epic of iran—now newly revised and expanded to be the most complete English-language editionA Penguin Classic   Dick Davis—“our pre-eminent translator from the Persian” The Washington Post—has revised and expanded his acclaimed translation of Ferdowsi’s masterpiece, adding more than 100 pages of newly translated text.

Originally composed for the Samanid princes of Khorasan in the tenth century, the Shahnameh is among the greatest works of world literature. This prodigious narrative tells the story of pre-Islamic Persia, from the mythical creation of the world and the dawn of Persian civilization through the seventh-century Arab conquest.

Davis’s elegant combination of prose and verse allows the poetry of the Shahnameh to sing its own tales directly, interspersed sparingly with clearly marked explanations to ease along modern readers.

The Silk Roads: A New History of the World

From the rise and fall of empires to the spread of buddhism and the advent of Christianity and Islam, right up to the great wars of the twentieth century—this book shows how the fate of the West has always been inextricably linked to the East. Also available: the new silk roads, a timely exploration of the dramatic and profound changes our world is undergoing right now—as seen from the perspective of the rising powers of the East.

From the middle east and its political instability to China and its economic rise, the vast region stretching eastward from the Balkans across the steppe and South Asia has been thrust into the global spotlight in recent years. It was on the silk roads that east and West first encountered each other through trade and conquest, leading to the spread of ideas, cultures and religions.

Frankopan realigns our understanding of the world, pointing us eastward. Far more than a history of the silk roads, this book is truly a revelatory new history of the world, promising to destabilize notions of where we come from and where we are headed next. Frankopan teaches us that to understand what is at stake for the cities and nations built on these intricate trade routes, we must first understand their astounding pasts.