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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..[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>>]

Lost Wisdom: Rethinking Modernity in Iran

Lost Wisdom: Rethinking Modernity in Iran

“Milani shows that long before the European Renaissance generated the radical ideas that eventually reshaped Europe and the United States, Persian statesmen, artists, and intellectuals had formulated ideas that strikingly anticipate those of modernity.…” – Stephen Greenblatt, Harvard University .[read more>>]

Inside Iran: Women’s Lives

“Howard places in context the history and politics of gender in Iran, making this volume accessible to a popular audience.” – Library Journal, July 2002 .[read more>>]

Masters & Masterpieces of Iranian Cinema

Masters & Masterpieces of Iranian Cinema

“…Dabashi brilliantly weaves together Iranian cinema, literature, history, philosophy, and politics in a national and global setting…” – Ramin Bahrani, filmmaker, director of Man Push Cart.[read more>>]

The Persian Gulf: A Political and Economic History of Five Port Cities 1500–1730

The Persian Gulf: A Political and Economic History of Five Port Cities 1500–1730

The Persian Gulf: The Economic and Political History of Five Port Cities, 1500-1730 provides the most comprehensive overview to date of the Persian Gulf at a time of major political change, including the successive arrival of the European ‘trading empires’.[read more>>]