Category Archives: Iran

Shah Abbas: The Remaking of Iran

Shah ‘Abbas I was one of Iran’s most influential leaders. Combining his ruthless ambition with a desire for stability, he left a far-reaching mark on the society and artistic heritage of Iran, renovating the country’s spectacular shrines and transforming its … Continue reading

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Iran and Nuclear Weapons: Protracted Conflict and Proliferation

Thisbook investigates what is driving Iran’s nuclear weapons programme in a less-hostile regional environment, using a theory of protracted conflicts to explicate proliferation. Iran’s nuclear weapons program has alarmed the international community since the 1990s, but has come to the … Continue reading

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Guardians of the Revolution: Iran and the World in the Age of the Ayatollahs

Revolutionary guards chanting against the Great Satan, Bush fulminating against the Axis of Evil, Iranian support for Hezbollah, and President Ahmadinejad blaming the U.S. for the world’s ills–the unending war of words suggests an intractable divide between Iran and the … Continue reading

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After Khomeini: Iran Under His Successors

For many Americans, Iran is our most dangerous enemy–part of George W. Bush’s “axis of evil” even before the appearance of Ahmadinejad. But what is the reality? How did Ahmadinejad rise to power, and how much power does he really … Continue reading

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Chogha Mish, Volume II: The Development of a Prehistoric Regional Center in Lowland Susiana, Southwestern Iran. Final Report on the Last Six Seasons of … Institute of the University of Chicago)

The present publication is the final report on the eleven seasons of excavations at Chogha Mish. In addition to the materials and records from Chogha Mish, Alizadeh uses the data available from the excavations of the neighboring sites of Chogha … Continue reading

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Iran’s Intellectual Revolution (Cambridge Middle East Studies)

Since its revolution in 1979, Iran has been viewed as the bastion of radical Islam and a sponsor of terrorism. The focus on its volatile internal politics and its foreign relations has, according to Kamrava, distracted attention from more subtle … Continue reading

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Decline and Fall of the Sasanian Empire: The Sasanian-Parthian Confederacy and the Arab Conquest of Iran (International Library of Iranian Studies)

Decline and Fall of the Sasanian Empire has already been praised as one of the most intellectually exciting books about ancient Persia to have been published for years. It proposes a convincing contemporary answer answer to an ages-old mystery and … Continue reading

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A History of Modern Iran

In a reappraisal of Iran’s modern history, Ervand Abrahamian traces its traumatic journey across the twentieth century, through the discovery of oil, imperial interventions, the rule of the Pahlavis and, in 1979, revolution and the birth of the Islamic Republic. … Continue reading

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Israel and the Clash of Civilisations: Iraq, Iran and the Plan to Remake the Middle East

Journalist Jonathan Cook explores Israel’s key role in persuading the Bush administration to invade Iraq, as part of a plan to remake the Middle East, and their joint determination to isolate Iran and prevent it from acquiring nuclear weapons that … Continue reading

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Iran’s Political, Demographic, and Economic Vulnerabilities

Iran is one of the most important U.S. foreign policy concerns but is extraordinarily difficult to engage. The authors assess current political, ethnic, demographic, and economic trends and vulnerabilities in Iran, then offer recommendations on U.S. policies that might foster … Continue reading

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