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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>>]

The Persian Gulf: The Rise and Fall of Bandar-e Lengeh The Distribution Center for the Arabian Coast, 1750–1930

The Persian Gulf: The Rise and Fall of Bandar-e Lengeh The Distribution Center for the Arabian Coast, 1750–1930 (Kindle/iPad Edition)

A small, sleepy port in the Persian Gulf, Bandar-e Lengeh has had a varied and checkered history since its launch onto the historical scene around 1750. In those days the tribal people of the region felt at home on both sides of the Gulf and often went to wherever they thought would offer them a better life. [read more>>]

The Persian Gulf: The Rise and Fall of Bandar-e Lengeh The Distribution Center for the Arabian Coast, 1750–1930

The Persian Gulf: The Rise and Fall of Bandar-e Lengeh The Distribution Center for the Arabian Coast, 1750–1930

A small, sleepy port in the Persian Gulf, Bandar-e Lengeh has had a varied and checkered history since its launch onto the historical scene around 1750. In those days the tribal people of the region felt at home on both sides of the Gulf and often went to wherever they thought would offer them a better life. [read more>>]

The Rise and Fall of Nader Shah: Dutch East India Company Reports 1730-1747

The Rise and Fall of Nader Shah: Dutch East India Company Reports 1730-1747

By any measure, Nader Shah—founder of the Afsharid Dynasty—ranks as a towering figure in Iranian history. Rising from the humblest of origins, he became a military commander of genius, restored an embattled Persia to imperial greatness, and proceeded to wield the power of the throne with a ruthlessness that approached derangement. [read more>>]

The History of Theater in Iran

The History of Theater in Iran

Although most people do not speak of theater and Iran in the same breath, dramatic expression has always been a fixture of Iranian culture. [read more>>]

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>>]