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A Social History of Sexual Relations in Iran

This study illuminates the 2,500-year social history of sexual relations in Iran. Marriage, temporary marriage, prostitution, and homosexuality are all discussed, as well as the often unintended result of these relations—sexually transmitted diseases. [read more>>]

Games Persians Play

Games Persians Play

Games Persians Play is a study of the history, development, and change in the games played in Iran. Iranians, young and old, rich and poor, male and female, played a large variety of games during their 2500-year history. Some games were played just to while away the time, to entertain, to keep children occupied, to liven up a social event, or to celebrate the change of seasons. [read more>>]

Agriculture in Qajar Iran

Agriculture in Qajar Iran

Agriculture was the mainstay of Iran’s economy in the nineteenth century, yet little is known about it. Historians have rarely taken that important reality into account when writing on the economic or social history of that period, and until now there have been no comprehensive studies of Iranian agriculture. [read more>>]

Public Health in Qajar Iran

Public Health in Qajar Iran

Until Now, there have been no books and only a few articles available in English that deal with the actual practice of medicine in nineteenth and early twentieth-century Iran. Willem Floor’s Public Health in Qajar Iran fills this lacuna, giving a broad and comprehensive survey of the state of public health, medical practice, and its practitioners in 1800-1925. [read more>>]

Labor & Industry in Iran: 1850 -1941

Labor & Industry in Iran: 1850 -1941

In the nineteenth century, Iranian reformers wanted to create an independent, modern state that could stand on its own feet. However, constrained by foreign influence, ignorance, and inexperience, their efforts at industrialization were an expensive failure. [read more>>]

Guilds, Merchants, & Ulama in Nineteenth-Century Iran

Guilds, Merchants, & Ulama in Nineteenth-Century Iran

Guilds, Merchants and Ulama analyzes the major functions and characteristics of these groups, and discusses how they each coped with the pressures of the world market to which Iran was increasingly exposed and which resulted in the disappearance of jobs reducing Iran’s economic and political independence. [read more>>]

A Man of Two Worlds: Pedros Bedik in Iran, 1670–1675

A Man of Two Worlds: Pedros Bedik in Iran, 1670–1675

Throughout history, many an ambitious diplomatic initiative has slipped into obscurity, but few have been so thoroughly forgotten as the efforts of a young man named [read more>>]

Travels through Northern Persia: 1770-1774

Travels through Northern Persia: 1770-1774

“This is an important book for those interested in Russian, Central Asian, and Persian studies.” – Choice, January 2008. [read more>>]

Travels in Iran and the Caucasus, 1647 & 1654

Travels in Iran and the Caucasus, 1647 & 1654

Evliya Chelebi’s travelogue is not simply a diplomatic report, but rather a fascinating exploration of the religious, ethnic, artistic, and even culinary peculiarities of the region. [read more>>]

Astrakhan: Anno 1770, Its History, Geography, Population, Trade, Flora, Fauna and Fisheries

Astrakhan: Anno 1770, Its History, Geography, Population, Trade, Flora, Fauna and Fisheries

In 1770, Astrakhan, on the left bank of the Volga River close to where it discharges into the Caspian Sea, was Russia’s most important southern port through which all its trade with Iran and the Orient was conducted. [read more>>]