[tabber] About the Book Kermanshah was one of the most important commercial gateways to Iran and a crucial transit station on the trade route between Iraq and Iran. It was also a gathering point for pilgrims going to and coming back from the holy shrines of Kerbela and Najaf. What’s more, from 1920 to 1925,… [read more>>]
[tabber] About the Book During the second half of the nineteenth century, in an effort to combat diseases such as the plague and cholera that spread with impunity across international borders, Iran was at the center of international politics and cooperation. The studies in this book begin with the role Iran played in the international… [read more>>]
“This is the most comprehensive study to date of the life and times of Cyrus the Great, and it will be welcomed by scholars and the general public alike.” – Dr John Curtis, OBE, FBA, Keeper of Special Middle East Projects, The British Museum.
[tabber] About the Book One of the most important sources on the history and culture of seventeenth-century Iran, Engelbert Kaempfer’s Amoenitatum Exoticarum was first published in Latin in 1712 but would not be translated for another two centuries, and then only partially, in German, in 1940. Exotic Attractions in Persia, 1684–1688: Travels & Observations… [read more>>]
[tabber] About the Book The island of Khark was an important link in Persian Gulf navigation, supplying passing ships with water, victuals, and pilots for ships sailing to and from Basra. This was why the Arabs called Khark “the Mother of Skippers” (Umm al-Rubbaniyan). Through the ages, Khark has also been a place of pilgrimage:… [read more>>]
[tabber] About the Book Salar al-Dowleh, the madcap prince and serial rebel, was a reflection of the unsettled political times during the early 1900s when Iranian society was trying to find its way toward a more democratic society. This is also clear from Salar al-Dowleh’s “career.” He was first courted by the democrats, when they… [read more>>]
Since ancient times, bread has been the staple diet of the peoples living in the Iranian plateau. In History of Bread in Iran, Willem Floor, one of the foremost scholars of Iranian history, describes the beginnings of agriculture and bread-making, and the various grains and other products that were, and are, used to make bread. He then delves into the making of dough in rural and urban areas, followed by an overview of baking techniques, and the many kinds of bread that were—and continue to be—made in Iran.
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.
[tabber] About the Book This book discusses the political and economic history of the port of Bushehr, which by the end of the eighteenth century had become the gateway to southern Persia (Iran). It offers a detailed analysis of Bushehr’s demography, industry, health care, education, and standard of living; as well as its trade, and… [read more>>]
Iranian National Identity and the Persian Language: Roles of the Court, Religion, and Sufism in Persian Prose Writing
In this insightful study of Iranian cultural history and national identity, Shahrokh Meskoob, one of Iran’s leading intellectuals, reviews the roles of three social classes, the courtiers and bureaucratic officials (ahl-e divan), the religious scholars (ulama), and the Muslim Gnostics (Sufi poets and writers), in the development and refinement of the Persian language..