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Medieval Iran: A Pictorial history for Young Readers

Culture of Iran Youth Series by anahita productions

The concept of producing high quality books on Iranian art and history was first realized in 2008 with the publication of Ancient Iran. A pictorial history for young readers, the book used hundreds of images from significant objects in major museums around the globe. The short and informative texts touched on major aspects of Iranian history and art in an easy to read format. Four years later three more books complete the series.

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Medieval Iran traces life after the Arab Muslim invasion in the 7th century.It follows the changes in cultural and religious life, the rise of independent Iranian dynasties and the defeat of Arab caliphate by the 10th century. The arrival of the Turkic groups in the 10th century, the Mongol conquest and the advent of Tamerlane are discussed along with ways of life, and arts of the periods in question. The Turkmen invasion and the Safavid success and the new renaissance in Iranian art and architecture are presented with unique images. The book concludes with accounts of Nadir Shah Afshar, his conquest of India, and the Zand Dynasty. Unique and spectacular artifacts, jewelry, textiles, ceramics, carpets, and instruments reveal everyday life as it was over the 12 centuries discussed. Glossary, index and timeline of Iranian art and history complement the text. The book is published in Canada in October 2012 and is produced by Massoume Price.


About the author:

Massoume Price, a social anthropologist educated in Iran and England has been writing on Iranian culture for many years and her site,, is used extensively by many educational institutions for information on Iranian culture and history.

She is the author of Iran's Diverse Peoples published by ABC-CLIO in 2005. Patrick Clawson of the Middle East Quarterly has called the book “indispensable” and “must reading for anyone who wants to understand ethnic and religious diversity in Iran.”

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