Author: Patricia Baker,Hilary Smith,Maria Oleynik
Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides
ISBN: 1841624020
Category: Travel
Page: 286
View: 8779
Bradt introduces the only detailed guide to Iran available, the most enigmatic of countries in the Middle East.

Captive in Iran

A Remarkable True Story of Hope and Triumph amid the Horror of Tehran's Brutal Evin Prison
Author: Maryam Rostampour,Marziyeh Amirizadeh
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 1414382200
Category: Religion
Page: 312
View: 1128
Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh knew they were putting their lives on the line. Islamic laws in Iran forbade them from sharing their Christian beliefs, but in three years, they’d covertly put New Testaments into the hands of twenty thousand of their countrymen and started two secret house churches. In 2009, they were finally arrested and held in the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran, a place where inmates are routinely tortured and executions are commonplace. In the face of ruthless interrogations, persecution, and a death sentence, Maryam and Marziyeh chose to take the radical—and dangerous—step of sharing their faith inside the very walls of the government stronghold that was meant to silence them. In Captive in Iran, two courageous Iranian women recount how God used their 259 days in Evin Prison to shine His light into one of the world’s darkest places, giving hope to those who had lost everything and showing love to those in despair.

Eternal Iran

Continuity and Chaos
Author: P. Clawson,M. Rubin
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1403977100
Category: Political Science
Page: 203
View: 7315
Exploring continuities and changes, this book provides the historical backdrop crucial to understanding how Iranian pride and sense of victimization combine to make its politics contentious and potentially dangerous.


The Culture
Author: Joanne Richter
Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780778793175
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 32
View: 7248
A survey of the culture of Iran, including religion, holidays and festivals, food, arts, languages, and literature.


Between Tradition and Modernity
Author: Ramin Jahanbegloo
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9780739105306
Category: History
Page: 216
View: 4908
The Iranian Revolution represented to intellectuals and professionals the potential of spiritual values to triumph over the great power of economic imperialism. Yet out of this revolution has emerged an identity crisis that touches Islamic ideological heights and reaches down to the very ground of Islamic practice. The contributors to this collection, experts on Iranian cultural and political history, analyze the 'fragmented self' of today's Iranian, refracted through that country's institutions, market forces, and modern thought. Each essay both deepens our understanding of contemporary Iran and adds to the broader discussion of the relationship between Islam and the West.

Persian Mirrors

The Elusive Face of Iran
Author: Elaine Sciolino
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9780743217798
Category: History
Page: 402
View: 2794
The New York Times expert on Iran explores the beauty and contradiction underlying this enigmatic country.

Couchsurfing in Iran

Revealing a Hidden World
Author: Stephan Orth
Publisher: Greystone Books Ltd
ISBN: 1771642815
Category: Travel
Page: 304
View: 790
A modern-day glimpse into the surprising reality of life in Iran. Iran: A destination that is seldom seen by westerners yet often misunderstood. A country that simultaneously “enchants and enrages” those who visit it. A place where leading a double life has become the norm. In Couchsurfing in Iran, award-winning author Stephan Orth spends sixty-two days on the road in this mysterious Islamic republic to provide a revealing, behind-the-scenes look at life in one of the world’s most closed societies. Through the unsurpassed hospitality of twenty-two hosts, he skips the guidebooks and tourist attractions and travels from Persian carpet to bed to cot, covering more than 8,400 kilometers to recount “this world’s hidden doings.” Experiencing daily what he calls the “two Irans” that coexist side by side—the “theocracy, where people mourn their martyrs” in mausoleums, and the “hide-and-seek-ocracy, where people hold secret parties and seek worldly thrills instead of spiritual bliss”—he learns that Iranians have become experts in navigating around their country’s strict laws. Though couchsurfing is officially prohibited in Iran—the state fears spies would be able to travel undetected through the country—more than a hundred thousand Iranians are registered with online couchsurfing portals. And thanks to these hospitable, English-speaking strangers, Orth gets up close and personal with locals, peering behind closed doors and blank windows to uncover the inner workings of a country where public show and private reality are strikingly opposed.


Author: Vijeya Rajendra,Gisela T. Kaplan,Rudi Rajendra
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
ISBN: 9780761416654
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 144
View: 5027
Explores the geography, history, government, economy, people, and culture of Iran.

Negotiating with Iran

Wrestling the Ghosts of History
Author: John W. Limbert
Publisher: US Institute of Peace Press
ISBN: 1601270437
Category: History
Page: 217
View: 8754
John Limbert steps up with a pragmatic yet positive assessment of how to engage Iran. Through four detailed case studies of past successes and failures, he draws lessons for today's negotiators and outlines 14 principles to guide the American who finds himself in a negotiation--commercial, political, or other--with an Iranian counterpart.


A Primary Source Cultural Guide
Author: Lauren Spencer
Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
ISBN: 9780823940004
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 128
View: 4536
An overview of the history and culture of Iran and its people including the geography, myths, arts, daily life, education, industry, and government, with illustrations from primary source documents.

Revolutionary Iran

A History of the Islamic Republic
Author: Michael Axworthy
Publisher: Allen Lane
ISBN: 0199322260
Category: HISTORY
Page: 496
View: 7249
The Iranian Revolution of 1979 was a defining moment of the modern era. Its success unleashed a wave of Islamist fervor across the Middle East and signaled a sharp decline in the appeal of Western ideologies in the Islamic world. And the reaction it inspired testified to its importance: aswith the Russian and French revolutions, outsiders tried to crush it in its crib. A year after the mullahs' assumption of power, Iraq, with aid from other Arab states and the US, declared war on Iran. Yet the revolution prevailed, and the Islamic Republic persists to this day. And despite the deeprifts separating Sunnis and Shiites, the regime motivated successive waves of revolutionary Islamism across the entire region, from Afghanistan in the 1980s to Lebanon in the 200s to Egypt to Algeria today. In Revolutionary Iran, Michael Axworthy offers a richly textured and authoritative history of Iran from the 1979 revolution to the present. After an opening section that focuses on the sources of the revolution, Axworthy takes readers through the major periods of the era: the overthrow of the oldregime and the creation of the new one; the Iran-Iraq war; the reconstruction era following the war; the reformist wave led by Mohammed Khatami; and the current era, in which reactionaries have re-established control. Throughout, he emphasizes that the Iranian revolution was centrally important inmodern history because it provided the world with a clear model of development that was not rooted in Western ideologies. Whereas the world's major revolutions of the previous two centuries had been fuelled by Western, secular ideologies, the Iranian Revolution drew its inspiration from Islam. Botherudite and accessible, Revolutionary Iran is the definitive account of this epoch in all its humanity.

The Echo of Iran

Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Category: Iran
Page: N.A
View: 1623

Women in Iran from the Rise of Islam to 1800

Author: Guity Nashat,Lois Beck
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 9780252071218
Category: History
Page: 253
View: 583
Combining scholarship from a range of disciplines, this collection of essays is a comprehensive examination of the role of women in Iranian society and culture, from pre-Islamic times to 1800. The contributors challenge common assumptions about women in Iran and Islam. Sweeping away modern myths, these essays show that women have had significant influence in almost every area of Iranian life. Focusing on a region wider than today's nation-state of Iran, this book explores developments in the spheres that most affect women: gender constructs, family structure, community roles, education, economic participation, Islamic practices and institutions, politics, and artistic representations. The contributors to this volume are among the most prominent international scholars working in this field, and each draws on decades of research to address the history of Iranian women within the context of his or her area of expertise. This broad framework allows for a thorough and nuanced examination of the history of a complex society.


A Military History of Iran and Its Armed Forces
Author: Steven R. Ward
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
ISBN: 1626160651
Category: Political Science
Page: 400
View: 8639
Immortal is the only single-volume English-language survey of Iran’s military history. CIA analyst Steven R. Ward shows that Iran’s soldiers, from the famed “Immortals” of ancient Persia to today’s Revolutionary Guard, have demonstrated through the centuries that they should not be underestimated. This history also provides background on the nationalist, tribal, and religious heritages of the country to help readers better understand Iran and its security outlook. Immortal begins with the founding of ancient Persia’s empire under Cyrus the Great and continues through the Iran-Iraq War (1980–1988) and up to the present. Drawing on a wide range of sources including declassified documents, the author gives primary focus to the modern era to relate the build-up of the military under the last Shah, its collapse during the Islamic revolution, its fortunes in the Iran-Iraq War, and its rise from the ashes to help Iran become once again a major regional military power. He shows that, despite command and supply problems, Iranian soldiers demonstrate high levels of bravery and perseverance and have enjoyed surprising tactical successes even when victory has been elusive. These qualities and the Iranians’ ability to impose high costs on their enemies by exploiting Iran’s imposing geography bear careful consideration today by potential opponents.

Hidden Iran

Paradox and Power in the Islamic Republic
Author: Ray Takeyh
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780805079760
Category: History
Page: 259
View: 1647
A leading expert on Middle Eastern politics presents an analysis of Iran's politics and history, demystifying the Iranian regime and its policies in terms of the competing issues of Muslim theology, republican pragmatism, and factional competition.


Regional Perspectives and U. S. Policy
Author: Casey L. Addis
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
ISBN: 1437925286
Page: 45
View: 3768
As the Administration and Congress move forward to pursue engagement, harsher sanctions, or both, regional actors are evaluating their policies and priorities with respect to Iran. Because Iran and other regional concerns ¿ the Arab-Israeli peace process, stability in Lebanon and Iraq, terrorism, and the ongoing war in Afghanistan ¿ have become increasingly intertwined, understanding the policies and perspectives of Iran¿s neighbors could be crucial during the consideration of options to address overall U.S. policy toward Iran. This report provides a description of Iran¿s neighbors¿ policies and interests, options for Congressional consideration, and an analysis of potential regional implications. Map.


A Modern History
Author: Abbas Amanat
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300231466
Category: History
Page: 992
View: 9492
A masterfully researched and compelling history of Iran from 1501 to 2009 This history of modern Iran is not a survey in the conventional sense but an ambitious exploration of the story of a nation. It offers a revealing look at how events, people, and institutions are shaped by currents that sometimes reach back hundreds of years. The book covers the complex history of the diverse societies and economies of Iran against the background of dynastic changes, revolutions, civil wars, foreign occupation, and the rise of the Islamic Republic. Abbas Amanat combines chronological and thematic approaches, exploring events with lasting implications for modern Iran and the world. Drawing on diverse historical scholarship and emphasizing the twentieth century, he addresses debates about Iran’s culture and politics. Political history is the driving narrative force, given impetus by Amanat's decades of research and study. He layers the book with discussions of literature, music, and the arts; ideology and religion; economy and society; and cultural identity and heritage.

Education and Social Awakening in Iran

Author: A. Reza Arasteh
Publisher: Brill Archive
Page: 144
View: 2295


Author: Walter Simmons
Publisher: Bellwether Media
ISBN: 1600145914
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 32
View: 3068
"Developed by literacy experts for students in grades three through seven, this book introduces young readers to the geography and culture of Iran"--Provided by publisher.

Iran in Pictures

Author: Stacy Taus-Bolstad
Publisher: Twenty-First Century Books
ISBN: 9780822509509
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 80
View: 4532
Text and illustrations present detailed information on the geography, history and government, economy, people, cultural life and society of traditional and modern Iran.