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  • Joon: Persian Cooking Made Simple

    Joon: Persian Cooking Made Simple

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

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

    Life at the Court of the Early Qajar Shahs, a memoir translated into English for the first time, offers a uniquely intimate look at a world veiled by privilege and power. Its author, Soltan Ahmad Mirza, was a prince—the forty-ninth son of Fath Ali Shah Qajar, who ruled Iran from 1797 to 1834.[read more>>]

  • The Persian Gulf: The Hula Arabs of The Shibkuh Coast of Iran

    The Persian Gulf: The Hula Arabs of The Shibkuh Coast of Iran

    Little is known about the Arab migrants who settled on the Iranian coast between Bushehr and Lengeh in the late 1500s. They were a disparate group of small tribes of sailors, traders, fishermen, pearl divers, and cultivators.[read more>>]

  • A Man of Two Worlds: Pedros Bedik in Iran, 1670–1675

    A Man of Two Worlds: Pedros Bedik in Iran, 1670–1675

     Throughout history, many an ambitious diplomatic initiative has slipped into obscurity, but few have been so thoroughly forgotten as the efforts of a young man named Pedros Bedik to foster an alliance between two great seventeenth century powers, Persia and the Holy Roman Empire, against the mighty Ottoman Empire that lay between them. As a related enterprise, he worked to end the separation between the Western and Eastern versions of Christianity. In 1678, he published a book—written in Latin, with a Persian introduction—intended to explain the East to the West and thus further those aims. Never reprinted or translated, it has remained virtually unknown until now.[read more>>]

  • The Shahnameh

    The Shahnameh

    THE SHAHNAMEH (Book of Kings) is the national epic of Iran composed by the poet Ferdowsi between 980 and 1010 AD. It tells the story of ancient Persia, beginning in the mythic time of Creation and continuing forward to the Arab-Islamic invasion in the seventh century. Brilliantly translated into prose and verse (in the naqqali tradition) by the poet and Ferdowsi scholar Dick Davis and magnificently illustrated with miniatures from the greatest Shahnameh manuscripts of the 14th to 17th centuries (in museums and private collections around the world), these volumes give English-language readers access to a world of vanished wonders.[read more>>]

  • My Uncle Napoleon: A Comic Novel (Audio Book)

    My Uncle Napoleon: A Comic Novel (Audio Book)

    Set in a garden in Tehran in the early 1940s, where three families live under the tyranny of a paranoid patriarch, My Uncle Napoleon is a rich, comic and brilliantly on-target send-up of Iranian society.[more>>][read more>>]

  • Discovering Cyrus: The Persian Conqueror Astride the Ancient World

    Discovering Cyrus: The Persian Conqueror Astride the Ancient World

    Some of the most fascinating human epochs lie in the borderlands between history and mystery. So it is with the life of Cyrus the Great, founder of the Persian Empire in the sixth century B.C.[read more>>]

  • Faces of Love: Hafez and the Poets of Shiraz

    Faces of Love: Hafez and the Poets of Shiraz

    A giant of world literature, an eloquent princess, a dissolute satirist – these are the three voices translated from fourteenth-century Persian by Dick Davis in Faces of Love. Together, they represent one of the most remarkable literary flowerings of any era.[read more>>]

  • Food of Life: Ancient Persian and Modern Iranian Cooking and Ceremonies

    Food of Life: Ancient Persian and Modern Iranian Cooking and Ceremonies

    Completely redesigned for today’s generation of cooks and food enthusiasts, the 25th Anniversary Edition of Food of Life: Ancient Persian and Modern Iranian Cooking and Ceremonies by Najmieh Batmanglij  provides a treasure trove of recipes, along with an immersive cultural experience for those seeking to understand this ancient and timeless cuisine.[read more>>]