A History of Iran: Empire of the Mind

A History of Iran: Empire of the Mind


Iran is a land of contradictions. it truly is an Islamic republic, yet one during which purely 1.4 percentage of the inhabitants attend Friday prayers. Iran’s spiritual tradition encompasses the main censorious and dogmatic Shi’a Muslim clerics on the planet, but its poetry insistently dwells at the joys of lifestyles: wine, good looks, intercourse. Iranian ladies are topic to at least one of the main restrictive costume codes within the Islamic international, yet make up approximately 60 percentage of the coed inhabitants of the nation’s universities.

In A historical past of Iran, acclaimed historian Michael Axworthy chronicles the wealthy historical past of this complicated kingdom from the Achaemenid Empire of 6th century B.C. to the present-day Islamic Republic. In attractive prose, this revised edition explains the army, political, non secular, and cultural forces that experience formed one of many oldest carrying on with civilizations on this planet, bringing us up sleek instances. Concluding with an review of the enormous alterations the country has passed through because the revolution in 1979, together with a detailed examine Iran’s ongoing makes an attempt to turn into a nuclear strength, A background of Iran deals common readers an important consultant to figuring out this risky state, that's once more on the heart of the world’s attention.

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