A history of Iran: empire of the mind

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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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table_of_contents Origins : Zoroaster, the Achaemenids, and the Greeks -- The Iranian revival : Parthians and Sassanids -- Islam and invasions : the Arabs, Turks and Mongols--the Iranian reconquest of Islam, the Sufis, and the poets -- Shiʻism and the Safavids -- The fall of the Safavids, Nader Shah, the eighteenth-century interregnum, and the early years of the Qajar dynasty -- The crisis of the Qajar monarchy, the revolution of 1905-1911, and the accession of the Pahlavi dynasty -- The Pahlavis and the revolution of 1979 -- Iran since the revolution : Islamic revival, war, and confrontation -- From Khatami to Ahmadinejad, and the Iranian predicament.
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