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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>>]

Crowning Anguish: Memoirs of a Persian Princess from the Harem to Modernity 1884-1914

Crowning Anguish: Memoirs of a Persian Princess from the Harem to Modernity 1884-1914

“A Thousand and One Nights meets Raise the Red Lantern in this tale of growing up among royal wives and concubines in what is now Iran . . . . [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>>]

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>>]