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10 books about Iran
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The Shadow Commander: Soleimani, the US, and Iran’s Global Ambitions by Arash Azizi
Category: United States
This book was published last year by Oneworld Publications and takes approximately 10.1 hours to read.
Until his assassination by US drone strike in January 2020, commander Qassem Soleimani was one of the most powerful men in Iran and the military spearhead for Iranian foreign policy, enacting the wishes of the country’s Supreme Leader in the region. A widely popular but also feared maverick operator, he helped to establish the Islamic Republic as a major force in the Middle East, with interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Yemen. This was a long way from where he began as a youth, living on the margins in a country ruled by a monarch supported by the United States. In this highly readable account, historian Arash Azizi examines Soleimani’s life, regional influence and future ambitions. The Shadow Commander breaks new ground through interviews with Iranians, Afghans, Iraqis and Syrians who knew Soleimani for years, including his brother, his personal driver and the aides who accompanied him to his Moscow meeting with Vladimir Putin. Ultimately, Azizi uses the story of this one important figure to make sense of the global ambitions of Iran, a country whose actions are much talked about but seldom understood.
Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry That Unraveled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East by Kim Ghattas
Category: State & Local
This book was published last year by Henry Holt and Co. and takes approximately 13.3 hours to read.
The bestselling author of The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power tells the gripping story of the real roots of the Middle East Sunni-Shia conflict in the 1979 Iran Revolution that changed the region forever. Black Wave is a paradigm-shifting recasting of the modern history of the Middle East, telling the largely unexplored story of the rivalry between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran—a rivalry born out of the sparks of the 1979 Iranian revolution—that has dramatically transformed the culture, identity, and collective memory of millions of Muslims over four decades. Like George Packer did in The Unwinding, Kim Ghattas follows everyday citizens whose lives have been affected by the geopolitical drama, making her account both immediate and intimate. Most Americans assume that extremism, Sunni-Shia antagonism, and anti-Americanism have always existed in the Middle East, but prior to 1979, Saudi Arabia and Iran were working allies. It was only after that year—a remarkable turning point—that Shia Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia began to use religion as a tool in their competition for dominance in the region, igniting the culture wars that led to the 1991 American invasion of Iraq, the September 11th terrorist attacks, and the rise of ISIS. Ghattas shows how Saudi Arabia and Iran went from allies against the threat of communism from Russia, with major roles in the US anti-Soviet strategy, to mortal enemies that use religious conservatism to incite division and unrest from Egypt to Pakistan. Black Wave will significantly influence both perception of and conversation about the modern history of the Middle East.
Guests of the Ayatollah: The Iran Hostage Crisis: The First Battle in America's War with Militant Islam by Mark Bowden
Category: United States
This book was published 14 years ago by Grove Press and takes approximately 23.5 hours to read.
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The Persian Empire: A Captivating Guide to the History of Persia, Starting from the Ancient Achaemenid, Parthian, and Sassanian Empires to the Safavid, Afsharid, and Qajar Dynasties by Captivating History
This book was published 3 years ago by Independently published and takes approximately 3.9 hours to read.
Explore the Captivating History of the Persian Empire Students of ancient history are well aware of the Persians. A still-present cultural and linguistic group, the Persians are the founders of today
Decline and Fall of the Sasanian Empire: The Sasanian-Parthian Confederacy and the Arab Conquest of Iran (International Library of Iranian Studies) by Parvaneh Pourshariati
Category: Ancient Civilizations
This book was published 4 years ago by I.B. Tauris and takes approximately 18.4 hours to read.
I.B.Tauris in association with the Iran Heritage Foundation It proposes a convincing contemporary answer answer to an ages-old mystery and conundrum: why, in the seventh century CE, did the seemingly powerful and secure Sasanian empire of Persia succumb so quickly and disastrously to the all-conquering Arab armies of Islam? Offering an impressive appraisal of the Sasanians' nemesis at the hands of the Arab forces which scythed all before them, the author suggests a bold solution to the enigma. On the face of it, the collapse of the Sasanians - given their strength and imperial power in the earlier part of the century - looks startling and inexplicable. But Professor Pourshariati explains their fall in terms of an earlier corrosion and decline, and as a result of their own internal weaknesses. The decentralised dynastic system of the Sasanian empire, whose backbone was a Sasanian-Parthian alliance, contained the seeds of its own destruction. This confederacy soon became unstable, and its degeneration sealed the fate of a doomed dynasty.
Persian Passion: Of Gods and Gargoyles by Tom Lysaght
This book was published 2 years ago by Independently published and takes approximately 16.0 hours to read.
During the 1848 "Year of Revolution" in Europe, the first conference in the world proclaiming the emancipation of all women is convened by a Persian prisoner - in an Iranian village. His messianic movement soon sweeps Persia, but the king and Muslim clergy are too entrenched in the old ways to welcome the evolutionary changes in culture. Muhammad Shah is dying, so a violent tug for power ensues between his unfaithful wife - a Machiavellian Lady Macbeth - and his venal Grand Vazír. Each has a preferred child-prince s/he wants on the throne; each wants this messianic movement crushed. The conflict comes to a head at the inquisition trial of the imprisoned seer ("the Báb" - or, Gate), staged by the Grand Vazír to embarrass the Royal Mother's teenage son who, as nominal Crown Prince, must preside over the tribunal. The stakes are high: if the Báb proves himself to be the Promised One of Islam, then he must be the true sovereign of Persia. "Persian Passion" is the dramatic portrayal of the darkest hour before the 1848 dawn of the day whose noon effulgence all the world still longs to witness."A captivating account of a dramatic summer that questioned traditionalism and patriarchy, and celebrated the resurrection of the human spirit." - Dr. Nader Saiedi, UCLA "... an expertly written look into the parallel histories of the founders of the Baha'i Faith, the Bab and Baha'u'llah. It evokes the spiritual passion and political complexity of mid-nineteenth century Persia in beautiful prose.... I can't recommend it more highly." - Rainn Wilson, actor
The Nativist Prophets of Early Islamic Iran: Rural Revolt and Local Zoroastrianism by Patricia Crone
This book was published 7 years ago by Cambridge University Press and takes approximately 19.5 hours to read.
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Sasanian Persia: The Rise and Fall of an Empire (International Library of Iranian Studies) by Touraj Daryaee
Category: Ancient Civilizations
This book was published 8 years ago by I.B. Tauris and takes approximately 9.0 hours to read.
Of profound importance in late antiquity, the Sasanian Empire is almost completely unknown today, except as a counterpoint to the Roman Empire. What are the reasons for this ignorance and why does the Sasanian Empire matter? In this brilliant and highly readable new history Touraj Daryaee fills a huge gap in our knowledge of world history. He examines the Sasanians' complex and colorful narrative and demonstrates their unique significance, not only for the development of Iranian civilization but also for Roman and Islamic history. The Sasanians were the last of the ancient Persian dynasties and are best known as the preeminent practitioners of the Zoroastrian religion. In this concise yet comprehensive new book, Touraj Daryaee provides an unrivalled account of Sasanian Persia. Drawing on extensive new sources he paints a vivid portrait of Sasanian life and unravels the divergent strands that contributed to the making of this great Empire. Sasanian Persia is a unique examination of a period of history that still has great significance for a full understanding of modern Iran.
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