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In this timely two-volume set, Kamrava (Georgetown Univ.) and Dorraj (Texas Christian Univ.) banish many of the common misconceptions surrounding modern Iran. Joined by an international cast of academics, they reveal post-revolutionary Iran as a richly diverse nation, far more complex than recent headlines have indicated. Unlike many encyclopedias that attempt to address hundreds of topics in limited detail, this work willingly sacrifices breadth for depth by focusing on fewer topics. These sophisticated, objective articles explore a variety of themes: arts, civil society, culture, economy, ethnic groups, foreign relations, government, law, media, people, politics, and women. The diverse topics covered, some familiar and some unfmailiar, range from the Iran-Iraq war to human rights, the Iranian art diaspora, and the Qashqa'i Confederacy. The work opens with alphabetical and topical lists of the entries plus a chronology of events and concludes with a single index. In between are roughly 100 articles, short lists of suggested readings, a selected bibliography, and notes on the many contributors.