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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>>]

Tarikh-e Azodi, Life at the Court of the Early Qajar Shahs (Kindle/iPad Version)

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>>]

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>>]

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>>]

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>>]

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>>]

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>>]

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>>]

The Pursuit of Pleasure: Drugs & Stimulants in Iranian History, 1500-1900

The Pursuit of Pleasure: Drugs & Stimulants in Iranian History, 1500-1900

From ancient times to the present day, Iranian social, political, and economic life has been dramatically influenced by psychoactive agents. This book looks at the stimulants that, as put by a longtime resident of seventeenth-century Iran, Raphaël du Mans, provided Iranians with damagh, gave them a “kick,” got them into a good mood. [read more>>]