A History of Iran: Empire of the Mind

A History of Iran: Empire of the Mind

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by Michael Axworthy
     
 

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ISBN-10: 046501920X

ISBN-13: 9780465019205

Pub. Date: 03/09/2010

Publisher: Basic Books

Although frequently vilified, Iran is a nation of great intellectual variety and depth, and one of the oldest continuing civilizations in the world. Its political impact has been tremendous, not only on its neighbors in the Middle East but also throughout the world. From the time of the prophet Zoroaster, to the powerful ancient Persian Empires, to the revolution

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Although frequently vilified, Iran is a nation of great intellectual variety and depth, and one of the oldest continuing civilizations in the world. Its political impact has been tremendous, not only on its neighbors in the Middle East but also throughout the world. From the time of the prophet Zoroaster, to the powerful ancient Persian Empires, to the revolution of 1979, the hostage crisis, and the current standoff over Iran’s nuclear ambitions, Michael Axworthy vividly narrates the nation’s rich history. He explains clearly and carefully both the complex succession of dynasties that ruled ancient Iran and the surprising ethnic diversity of the modern country, held together by a common culture. With Iran again the focus of the world’s attention, A History of Iran is an essential guide to understanding this volatile nation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465019205
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
03/09/2010
Edition description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
500,314
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

1. Origins: Zoroaster, the Achaemenids, and the Greeks
2. The Iranian Revival: Parthians and Sassanids
3. Islam and Invasions: The Arabs, Turks, and Mongols—The Iranian Reconquest of Islam, the Sufis, and the Poets
4. Shi‘ism and the Safavids
5. The Fall of the Safavids, Nader Shah, the Eighteenth-Century Interregnum, and the Early Years of the Qajar Dynasty
6. The Crisis of the Qajar Monarchy, the Revolution of 1905–1911, and the Accession of the Pahlavi Dynasty
7. The Pahlavis and the Revolution of 1979
8. Iran Since the Revolution: Islamic Revival, War, and Confrontation
9. From Khatami to Ahmadinejad, and the Iranian Predicament

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