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A History of Iran

A History of Iran

Empire of the Mind

Iran is a land of contradictions. It is an Islamic republic, but one in which only 1.4 percent of the population attend Friday prayers. Iran’s religious culture encompasses the most censorious and dogmatic Shi’a Muslim clerics in the world, and yet its poetry insistently dwells on the joys of life-wine, beauty, sex. Iranian women are subject to one of the most restrictive dress codes in the Islamic world, but make up nearly 60 percent of the university student population. In A History of Iran, a leading expert on Iran chronicles the rich history of this complex nation from the Achaemenid Empire of sixth century B.C. to the present-day Islamic Republic. In accessible prose, Michael Axworthy explains the military, political, religious, and cultural forces that have shaped one of the oldest continuing civilizations in the world. Concluding with an assessment of the immense changes the nation has undergone since the revolution in 1979, A History of Iran offers general readers an essential point of entry into a troubled region.
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Genre: Nonfiction / History / Middle East / Iran

On Sale: May 24th 2016

Price: $17.99 / $22.99 (CAD)

Page Count: 384

ISBN-13: 9780465098767

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Praise

"Michael Axworthy's deft untangling of the country's history, from the advent of Zoroastrianism to the 1979 revolution, is a stunning achievement."—Observer
"The best available single-volume introduction to Iran's history."—New Statesman
"A beautifully distilled retelling of Iranian history that flashes with insight on every page."—Financial Times
"An engrossing, powerfully argued, and elegantly written history of a country which finds itself again at the center of international affairs."—Justin Marozzi, author of Tamerlane: Sword of Islam, Conqueror of the World
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