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The Heavenly Rose Garden: A History of Shirvan and Daghestan

The Heavenly Rose Garden: A History of Shirvan and Daghestan

The Heavenly Rose-Garden is a fascinating portrait of the Caucasus at the dawn of the modern era. Written in Persian and completed in 1845, it offered the first look at the region by a native son, ‘Abbas Qoli Aqa Bakikhanov. [read more>>]

Titles and Emoluments in Safavid Iran: A Third Manual of Safavid Administration

Titles and Emoluments in Safavid Iran: A Third Manual of Safavid Administration

Titles and Emoluments in Safavid Iran: A Third Manual of Safavid Administration contains unique and important information on offices, ethnic attitudes and administrative developments in Iran’s Safavid government (1495–1720). [read more>>]

Pivot of the Universe: Nasir al-Din Shah Qajar and the Iranian Monarchy

Pivot of the Universe: Nasir al-Din Shah Qajar and the Iranian Monarchy

“Lucidly demonstrates how much Nasir al-Din’s approach to government owed to his understanding of time-honored Iranian traditions of kingship. The depth of Amanat’s analysis enables him to place the beginning of this monarch’s life in its true historical context… An outstanding work.” – MESA Bulletin. [read more>>]

The Strangling of Persia: A Story of European Diplomacy and Oriental Intrigue

The Strangling of Persia: A Story of European Diplomacy and Oriental Intrigue

“A new edition of the 1912 work by the American appointed in 1911 by the newly (and briefly) constitutional government of Persia to help organize its finances. “Ejected” only a year later as a result of “British and Russian diplomatic intrigue,” – Middle East Journal. [read more>>]

The Persian Revolution of 1905-1909

The Persian Revolution of 1905-1909

“Browne labours to show that the Persian Revolution was no mere isolated phenomenon, but one form of a movement which is affecting Islam”. – Manchester Guardian (1910). [read more>>]

Letters From Tabriz: The Russian Suppression of the Iranian Constitutional Movement

In August 1907, while Iran was in the throes of its Constitutional Revolution, Britain and Russia concluded a secret agreement to divide the country between themselves into zones of influence. [read more>>]

In the Land of the Lion & Sun: Experiences of Life in Persia from 1866-1881

In the Land of the Lion & Sun: Experiences of Life in Persia from 1866-1881

With a discerning eye for detail, Wills wrote an intimate anthropological account of Qajar-era Iran, rich with description of everyday life, popular beliefs and practices, and arts and crafts, as well as health practices and communications that were his professional concern. [read more>>]

Shakespeare, Persia, and the East

Shakespeare, Persia, and the East

“The fruit of a lifetime’s devotion to English and Persian literature – learned, lucid, and full of unexpected insights into the Elizabethans’ fascination with the brave new world of the orient and its impact on Shakespeare’s unique imagination.” – Al Alvarez. [read more>>]

Iran and the West: A Critical Bibliography, 1500-1987, Volume 1

Iran and the West: A Critical Bibliography, 1500-1987, Volume 1

“… Future historians will find in it more of value about the ways of the Shah and those around him during the critical months of the Revolution than in any other book so far written by an Iranian…Dr. Ghani includes intriguing tit-bits of information in some of his commentaries. . . In short, this is a very useful contribution to Persian studies.” – Denis Wright, Asian Affairs, October, 1987. [read more>>]

Napoleon and Persia: Franco-Persian Relations Under the First Empire

Napoleon and Persia: Franco-Persian Relations Under the First Empire

“Using private and official English and French primary sources, Iradj Amini gives us a clear and vivid description of Napoleon’s diplomatic adventures in Persia.” – Le Quotidien de Paris. [read more>>]