Source: Iran Heritage Foundation
As the Western-Iranian impasse continues to dominate international affairs, politicians and the media confidently proclaim Iran the greatest threat to the Western World. But this villainous mask obscures a far more complex identity formed by a vibrant and tumultuous history. Revealing the true face of this troubled country, acclaimed expert Homa Katouzian delves deep into Iran's past, exploring how an ancient civilisation at a cross-road of diverse dynasties and religions grew to become an ethnically, linguistically and culturally rich nation still bound by the Persian tradition. Major political events and key figures are brought to life as centuries of authoritarian and arbitrary rule, chaos and revolution are unravelled and analysed, shedding new light on modern Iran and making this an indispensable resource for understanding the current situation in the Middle East.
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Homa Katouzian is a social scientist, historian and literary critic. He is the Iran Heritage Research Fellow, St Antony's College and Member, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford. He is also editor of Iranian Studies, Journal of the International Society for Iranian Studies and co-editor of the ISIS / Routledge Iranian Studies book series. He has published widely both in English and Persian. His books in English include Iran: Politics, History and Literature (Routledge, 2013) The Persians, Ancient, Mediaeval and Modern Iran (Yale, University Press, 2010), Sadeq Hedayat: His Work and His Wondrous World (ed., Routledge, 2011), Iran in the 21st Century (co-ed, Routledge, 2008), Iranian History and Politics: The Dialectic of State and Society (Routledge, 2007), Sa'di, the Poet of Love, Life and Compassion (One-world 2006), State and Society in Iran: The Eclipse of the Qajars and the Emergence of the Pahlavis (I. B. Tauris, 2006) Sadeq Hedayat: The Life and Legend of an Iranian Writer (I.B. Tauris, 2002) and Musaddiq and the Struggle for Power in Iran (I. B. Tauris, 1999). His research interests include Iranian history, comparative history, sociology of history, and modern and classical Persian literature.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Iran - The land and the people
1. Ancient Persia
2. Medieval Persia
3. The dilemma of modernization and the revolution for law
4. Iran under the Pahlavis
5. The 1979 revolution and the Islamic Republic
6. Post-Khomeini Iran
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