This timely book provides the reader with dynamic picture of the region, and a purposeful analytic of how to understand and deal with it. Featuring a short history of how the US and Iran were placed in this confrontational positions and what are their respective allies in the region. The Safavid era is of special significance in the history of Iran.
Under the Safavids -- between the sixteenth and the mid-eighteenth century -- Iran was transformed and a state emerged which was the forerunner of the Iran of today in several important ways. The age is known for its wealth of contributions to Persian culture and to the arts of the Islamic world, its robust military encounters with its Ottoman and Mughal neighbours and growing contacts with Western Europe. But little is known about the social, cultural, commercial and diplomatic relations of the Safavids with the rest of the world.
Iran and the World in the Safavid Age presents the most recent research into Safavid Iran's foreign relations. Examining how Iran was itself perceived as well as how it viewed the outside world this ground-breaking book sheds new light on the history of Iran's relations with the world beyond its borders and expands our understanding of this pivotal period. The Islamic Republic of Iran - of all places - has become a hub of cyber activity. It has an estimated , bloggers.
The Internet is celebrated as an agent of social change in countries like Iran, where censorship is prevalent, but most literature on the subject has struggled to grasp what this new phenomenon actually means. In what ways does the Internet function differently to print culture? Are we seeing the construction of a new kind of public sphere? Will the Iranian blogosphere create a culture of dissidence, which eventually overpowers the Islamist regime?
In this groundbreaking work, the authors give a flavour of contemporary Internet culture in Iran, and analyse how this new form of communication is affecting the social and political life of the country. Although they warn against stereotyping bloggers as dissidents, they argue that the Internet is changing things there, in ways which neither the government nor the democracy movement could have anticipated.
Iran, land of the Persians, is the site of one of the greatest civilizations on Earth. Its complex history and often fraught relations with the West have led to a long-established misreading by outsiders of the country and its people. Written by a team of international experts, 'Iran' offers an unprecedented, comprehensive overview of this wondrous country: her roots and cultures; her people and lands; customs and faiths; political forces and international relations. Illustrated with extensive archive and commissioned material, and with rarely published maps, 'Iran' is set to become the recognized reference work to this important and inscrutable country.
Kauffman tells stories of his encounters with Iranians, their culture, and their politics, to give witness to ways walls can break down when the stories, culture, and history of others are attended to.
Dr. Liora Hendelman
This book had me transfixed-and deepened the mystery of the meaning of words like American, Iranian, and ultimately, Christian," notes Jason Byassee, Executive Director, Leadership Education, Duke Divinity. Meanwhile David Cortright, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame, believes that "Kauffman offers a rare and penetrating portrait of an ancient and proud land, and a people who are surprisingly friendly toward Americans. The book features gorgeous photographs that capture the dignity and grace of ordinary Iranians and depict the beauty of an unknown country.
A must for all who want to build understanding and friendship with people our government would have us consider enemies. The story of his visit to Iran is interspersed with helpful background information on the country's history and culture. He examines controversial issues with thoughtfulness and an open mind. Alone, imprisoned in a golden cage, and far from the jungles of home, a parrot longs for freedom.
Will he ever escape? Thanks to a secret mesage passed along by his friends in India, the parrot outwits his wealthy owner and soars to freedom. Based on an ancient Persian poem, The Secret Message is a story of surprising cleverness, powerful solidarity, exotic travels, and a simple wish fulfilled.
This enchanting tale, told with subtle humor and vibrant images, is a perfect introduction to the culture, literature, and history of the Middle East. A new title in a successful series, Iranian Textiles presents more than examples produced during the first half of the 19th century, with close-up photographs that reveal the unique woven, printed, and embroidered designs. Patricia L. Baker — was a lecturer, consultant, and author specializing in the study of Islamic textiles and glass.
The pioneering Iranian poet and filmmaker Forugh Farrokhzad was an iconic figure in her own day and has come to represent the spirit of revolt against patriarchal and cultural norms in s Iran. Four decades after her tragic death at the age of 32, Forugh Farrokhzad, Poet of Modern Iran brings her ground-breaking work into new focus. During her lifetime Farrokhzad embodied the vexed predicament of the contemporary Iranian woman, at once subjected to long-held traditional practices and influenced by newly introduced modern social sensibilities. Highlighting her literary and cinematic innovation, this volume examines the unique place Farrokhzad occupies in Iran, both among modern Persian poets in general and as an Iranian woman writer in particular.
The authors also explore Farrokhzad's appeal outside Iran in the Iranian diasporic imagination and through the numerous translations of her poetry into English. It is a fitting and authoritative tribute to the work of a remarkable woman which will introduce and explain her legacy for a 21st-century audience.
Born out of a fundamental tension between the old-fashioned and inadequate Qajar monarchy of Mozaffar al-Din Shah and Mohammad Ali Shah, and new reformist democratic ideals, the Iranian Constitutional Revolution of represents a pivotal moment in the formation of modern Iran. The collapse of the state through financial indigence and foreign pressure -- which in the end also consumed the new regime -- created a vacuum, which became the subject of many different visions.
These included the anti-constitutionalist arguments of Fazlollah Nuri; the moderate Shi'i vision of Tabatabai'I; the more gradualist secular approach of bureaucrats such as Sani-e Dowleh and Nasser Al-Molk; the various radical visions of Taqizadeh and Sattar Khan, as well as the Bakhtiaris. How do events in Iran compare with similar uprisings in other parts of the world?
And what role does the Constitutional Revolution continue to play in defining Iranian self-identity? Persian literature is the jewel in the crown of Persian culture. Forster and many more. Yet although in the past few years the poems of Rumi have attracted the kind of popular attention enjoyed by Omar Khayyam in the 19th century, Persian literature has never received the attention it truly deserves.
A History of Persian Literature answers this need and offers a new, comprehensive and detailed history of its subject. This volume, authoritative survey reflects the stature and significance of Persian literature as the single most important accomplishment of the Iranian experience. Prominent scholars in the field bring a fresh critical approach to bear on this important topic and each volume includes representative samples of this literature.
The main object of this companion volume is to provide an overview of the most important extant literary sources in Iranian Languages other than Persian — the Kurdish, Pashto, Balochi and Ossetic languages which not only have a rich tradition of their own but have also exerted such a powerful influence on the language of the great Persian poets. It also explores the rich vein of oral traditions in the Persian literature of Iran and Tajikistan and will be an indispensable source for the literary traditions of non-Persian languages of Iranian roots as well as an invaluable guide to the subject.
This is a sharp, judicious, caring, and competent scholar activist who has consistently crossed borders to carve new territories of perception and responsibility. Its vivid accounts of the Islamic republic's relations with key countries across the Middle East offers us the chance to understand the region in a new way. In contrast to the crude caricatures in the Western media, Rostami Povey shows us, in all it complex reality, how the people of Iran and the Arab world themselves understand and make sense of their own situation.
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This work challenges much of the current discourse on the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Western media. It places evolving Iranian foreign and regional policies since in their proper historical and intellectual context. It combines new scholarship on the popular perception in the Arab street of Iran's foreign policies with an engaging style and makes an important contribution to our knowledge on regional dimensions of the Palestine-Israel conflict.
Writing from an Iranian rather than a European perspective, Katuozian integrates the significant cultural and literary History of Iran with its political and social history. A magisterial history, this book also serves as an excellent background to the role of Iran in the contemporary world. Can Islamic societies embrace democracy? In Democracy in Modern Iran, Ali Mirsepassi maintains that is possible, Demonstrating that Islam is not inherently hostile to the idea of democracy.
Rather he provides new perspective on how such political and social transformation could take place, arguing that to key to understanding the integration of Islam and democracy lies in concrete social institutions rather pre- conceived ideas, the every day experiences rather than abstract theories.
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Mirsepassi,an Iranian, provide a rare inside Look in to the country, offering a deep understanding of how Islamic countries like Iran and Iraq can and will embrace democracy. Interest and fascination in Achaemenid in recent years. What can the Unite Stats do to help realize its dream of a peaceful, democratic Middle East? Stephen Kinzler offers a surprising answer in this paradigm-shifting book. The International board on Books for young people IBBY is A non profit organization which represents an international Net work of people from all over the world who are committed to bringing books and children together.
His peripatetic lifestyle underscores her sense of inertia. When he finally slips away, the young woman is forced to raise the children alone while caring for her ailing mother. Demystifying contemporary Iran by taking readers beyond the stereotypes and in to the lives of individuals, Vafi is one of the most important voices in Iranian literature.
My Bird heralds her Eagerly anticipated introduction to an English- speaking Audience. As an eleven year-old Iranian Jew, she was forced by increasing violence from her childhood cocoon in Teheran. But this first journey would be prophetic, as travel has become for her not only a way of life, but a way of understanding. Featuring an evocative selection of images, this multifaceted, impressionistic mix of prose and poetry is rich in observation and sensuous detail.
As the first book in new series called Art World, that considers under-exposed art scenes, Contemporary Art in The Middle East showcases the dynamic and provocative art coming out of the region, and aims to shatter common stereotypes and present a new way of looking at one of the most complex and misunderstood areas of the world. Artists from opposite ends of the spectrum come together in a vivid confrontation of diverse styles across boundaries; from the brash Pop Art of Shirin Aliabadi to the restrained calligraphic minimalism of Golnaz Fathi; from the provocative conceptualism of Mona Hatoum to the vibrant installations of Farhad Moshiri; from the slick beauty of Youssef Nabil to edgy realism of Afshin Dehkordi.
Contemporary Art in the Middle East intends to provide a new way of understanding the Middle East outside the headlines and through the engaging medium of art. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the revolution in Iran. This book is collection of articles written over more than twenty of those years, from to The articles depict the experience of the years since the revolution through the eyes of the people who have lived them.
They offer glimpses in to many facets of Iranian society: survivors of war and terror, women, dissent, secular intelligentsia, underground culture, and Iranians in the Diaspora. Sensory on Iranian love story. Laced with surprisingly humor and irony. Textile Imports in to Qajar Iran. The Rise and Fall of Nader Shah.
Scholars and Humanists contains a series of letters exchanged between the Iranian scholar and statesman, S. Taqizadeh, and the German Iranist W. Henning, between and, the letters contain a wealth of information important to the history of Iranian studies in the twentieth century, specifically in relation to Manichaean studies, and old and Middle Persian p philosophy.
Also important is insight provided regarding prominent figures involved in study of ancient Iran. Furthermore, the letters demonstrate the contribution of Taqizadeh, who was also a senator and an ambassador, as a scholar who studied the development of calendars and Iranistics, and his attempt at promoting Iranian studies both in Iran and abroad. Sussan Babaie. Rula Abisaab. Houchang Chehabi. Dominic Parviz Brookshaw. Edmund Herzig. Leonard Lewisohn. Julia Huang. Robert Hillenbrand. Khatereh Sheibani. Houman Sarshar.
Christopher Gow. Soli Shahvar. Home Contact us Help Free delivery worldwide. Free delivery worldwide. Bestselling Series. Harry Potter. Popular Features. New Releases. Blogistan : The Internet and Politics in Iran. Description The protests unleashed by Iran's disputed presidential election in June brought the Islamic Republic's vigorous cyber culture to the world's attention. Iran has an estimated , bloggers, and new media such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube were thought to have played a key role in spreading news of the protests.
The internet is often celebrated as an agent of social change in countries like Iran, but most literature on the subject has struggled to grasp what this new phenomenon actually means. How is it different from print culture? Is it really a new public sphere? Will the Iranian blogosphere create a culture of dissidence, which eventually overpowers the Islamist regime? In this groundbreaking work, the authors give a flavour of contemporary internet culture in Iran and analyse how this new form of communication is affecting the social and political life of the country.
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