Iran

Iran

by Patricia Baker, Hilary Smith
     
 

Bradt’s Iran has both a cultural and historical focus. It covers world-famous sites such as Persepolis, but it also delves into the lesser-known monuments and little-recognized figures of this vast and ancient land. Additionally, the guide covers clothing conundrums (women – buy a $20 manteau as soon as you arrive; men’s shirts should not be

Overview

Bradt’s Iran has both a cultural and historical focus. It covers world-famous sites such as Persepolis, but it also delves into the lesser-known monuments and little-recognized figures of this vast and ancient land. Additionally, the guide covers clothing conundrums (women – buy a $20 manteau as soon as you arrive; men’s shirts should not be garish) and taboos, including the intricacies of when and how to remove your shoes. It suggests what to eat and where to shop, including more serene alternatives to the country’s boisterous bazaars. And, it advises, should you accidentally run up against the authorities, “Women, forget all feminist scruples and cry.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781841622897
Publisher:
Bradt Publications UK
Publication date:
11/30/2009
Series:
Bradt Travel Guide Series
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Read an Excerpt

Mention to relatives and friends that you are going to Iran, and the chances are that they will stare, pause, swallow and hesitantly if not incredulously ask 'Iran? Are you sure?' You may well feel they have a point after your first contact with Iranian Consulate staff as it seems that officialdom is conspiring against you visiting Iran and learning first-hand something about the country, its history and its culture, past and present. Iran is one of those countries, like others in the Middle East and elsewhere, where issues concerning religion and the modern world confront you at all turns and compel you to consider your own stance. It is impossible to return from even a short visit and not feel that, while seeing magnificent historic architecture and evidence of ancient civilisations, you have also been witnessing history in the making.

Meet the Author

The first and second editions of this guidebook were written by Patricia L Baker PhD, an independent lecturer and researcher specialising in Islamic art, who died in August 2008. This edition is updated by her close friend and colleague, Hilary A Smith MPhil, an independent lecturer and guide who first visited Iran in 1976 and has been returning regularly ever since.

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