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The Persian Sphinx: Amir Abbas Hoveyda and the Riddle of the Iranian Revolution

The Persian Sphinx: Amir Abbas Hoveyda and the Riddle of the Iranian Revolution

“Candid and revealing[offers] a wealth of insights into Iranian society and culture.” – William Quandt, Foreign Affairs. [read more>>]

Tales of Two Cities: A Persian Memoir

Tales of Two Cities: A Persian Memoir

“An exceptional, emotionally blooded memoir. . . . That this [memoir] turns out to be a breathtaking example of the quiet, selfless gorgeousness of the memorist’s art is the reader’s good fortune. Milani offers classically ordered writing about character, place, and time. . . . [read more>>]

The Persian Gulf: Bandar Abbas, The Natural Trade Gateway of Southeast Iran

The Persian Gulf: Bandar Abbas, The Natural Trade Gateway of Southeast Iran

Bandar Abbas, once a small fishing village, became the gateway port for Iran after Shah Abbas defeated the Portuguese in 1622. However, with the fall of the Safavids and the withdrawal of the British East India Company in 1759 the port went into decline; by 1793 Bandar Abbas was under the direct control of Oman. In 1869 Iran had to resort to force of arms to take it back from Oman. [read more>>]

Black Parrot, Green Crow: A Collection of Short Fiction

Black Parrot, Green Crow: A Collection of Short Fiction

“HOUSHANG GOLSHIRI (1937-2000) was a master stylist who wrote dense, elliptical prose, often with a (more or less) disguised political content. He edited an influential literary journal and in 1968 was a founder of the Iranian Writers Association, a group that protested governmental censorship and worked for the basic rights of writers. [read more>>]