Iran: A Beginner's Guide (Beginner's Guides)

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As the Western-Iranian impasse continues to dominate international affairs, politicians and the media confidently proclaim Iran the greatest threat to the Western World. But this villainous mask obscures a far more complex identity formed by a vibrant and tumultuous history.

Revealing the true face of this troubled country, acclaimed expert Homa Katouzian delves deep into Iran’s past, exploring how an ancient civilization at a cross-road of diverse dynasties and religions grew to become an ethnically, linguistically and culturally rich nation still bound by the Persian tradition. Major political events and key figures are brought to life as centuries of authoritarian and arbitrary rule, chaos and revolution are unraveled and analyzed, shedding new light on modern Iran and making this an indispensable resource for understanding the current situation in the Middle East.

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About the Author:

Homa Katouzian is Research Fellow at the Iran Heritage Foundation at St Antony’s College, and the Oriental Institute, University of Oxford. He is the author of The Persians: Ancient, Mediaeval And Modern Iran and Iran: Politics, History And Literature, and editor of the journal Iranian Studies. He lives in Oxford, U.K.

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"Drawing on the author's encyclopedic knowledge of Iran's history, politics, economy, and culture, Homa Katouzian's Iran: A Beginner's Guide is the most lucid, engaging, and authoritative introduction to the study of Iran available in any language today." -- Ali Banuazizi - Professor of Political Science and Director, Program in Islamic Civilization & Socie "An excellent historical introduction to Iranian politics and political culture from ancient Persia to the contemporary Islamic Republic. It is a must-read book for beginners and an exemplary textbook for undergraduate courses." -- Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi - Professor of History and Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the Univ "A must read for those who want to know Iran really well. Short, lucid, and highly informative, it could only have been written by a doyen of Iranian Studies." -- Fariba Adelkhah - author of Being Modern in Iran and Director of Research at SciencesPo/CERI "Homa Katouzian's book offers a comprehensive overview of Iran's history. He sheds light on the most complex aspects of Iran's social, political, and cultural history and yet does so in a concise and accessible way." -- Nasrin Rahimieh - Maseeh Chair and Director of the Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Cult

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Verlag: ONE WORLD Jun 2013 (2013)
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Buchbeschreibung ONE WORLD Jun 2013, 2013. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - A beginner's guide to one of the world's most controversial and misunderstood countries. 248 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9781780742724

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