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When They Broke Down The Door: Poems

The power of poetry to map the human heart has been a hallmark of Persian culture for at least a thousand years, and Fatemeh Shams wields it unforgettably. As a member of the Iranian diaspora living in the West, her voice is often one of anguished separation, and many of her poems touch on politics. [read more>>]

History of Bread in Iran

Since ancient times, bread has been the staple diet of the peoples living in the Iranian plateau. In History of Bread in Iran, Willem Floor, one of the foremost scholars of Iranian history, describes the beginnings of agriculture and bread-making, and the various grains and other products that were, and are, used to make bread. [read more>>]

Awake: A Moslem Woman’s Rare Memoir of Her Life and Partnership with the Editor of Molla Nasreddin, the Most Influential Satirical Journal of the Caucasus and Iran, 1907–1931

The marriage between Hamideh Khanum, the daughter of a leading aristocratic Azerbaijani family, and Mirza Jalil Mamadqulizadeh, founder and editor of the renowned satirical journal Molla Nasreddin, was a union of like-minded spirits. Both wanted to educate their community in the first quarter of the 20th century, during a period of great turmoil in their country. [read more>>]

Persian: Here and Now – Introduction to Persian

Containing more than 2000 words and expressions, Persian: Here and Now is a course book that provides first year students with both language [read more>>]

Iranian National Identity and the Persian Language: Roles of the Court, Religion, and Sufism in Persian Prose Writing

In this insightful study of Iranian cultural history and national identity, Shahrokh Meskoob, one of Iran’s leading intellectuals, reviews the roles of three social classes, the courtiers and bureaucratic officials (ahl-e divan), the religious scholars (ulama), and the Muslim Gnostics (Sufi poets and writers), in the development and refinement of the Persian language.. [read more>>]

Faces of Love: Hafez and the Poets of Shiraz

Faces of Love: Hafez and the Poets of Shiraz

“The translations of all three poets are superb, and they open up a new world even for those who know Persian well….Davis has managed, better than anyone else so far, to give a rendering that makes these translations come alive and sing.” W. L. Hanaway, emeritus, University of Pennsylvania, CHOICE. [read more>>]

Tarikh-e Azodi, Life at the Court of the Early Qajar Shahs

This book offers a uniquely intimate look at Soltan Ahmad Mirza, was a prince—the forty-ninth son of Fath Ali Shah Qajar, who ruled Iran from 1797 to 1834. [read more>>]