Iran is torn between the ways of Islam and the Western world. Disputes over how the country should be run and the control of its rich supply of oil have often turned to violence that has hit the news. Iran follows this nation's long and continuing struggle, exploring the beliefs, hopes, and fears of the many people involved.
About the Author
David Downing grew up in suburban London. He is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction for both adults and children, including four novels featuring Anglo-American journalist John Russell and the nonfiction work Sealing Their Fate: The Twenty-Two Days That Decided World War II. He lives with his wife in Guildford, England.
Table of Contents
Always in the News 4 Ancient Persia 6 Persia and Islam 8 Oil and Modernization 10 The Fight for Iran's Oil 12 The Shah's Iran 14 The Islamic Revolution 16 A New Dispute 18 The Islamic Republic 20 The War With Iraq 22 Hardliners and Moderates 24 Terrorism and the Nuclear Issue 26 The Future for Iran 28 Factfinder 30 Glossary 31 Index 32