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Sasanian Iran (224-651 CE): Portrait of a Late Antique Empire
Friday, June 24, 2011

The Sasanian era (224-651 CE) is an important period in the history of the Near East, the Caucuses and Central Asian history. Some of the basic institutions and ideas that developed in the ancient Near East passed to the Sasanian Iran and through the Sasanians it became the foundation of later Islamic civilization. Interestingly, the importance and contribution of Sasanian civilization to Near Eastern and Islamic history is underestimated and little attention is paid to it.

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US Approaches and Plans for Iran
Thursday, June 16, 2011

History of the United States’ relations with Iran over the past half a century is punctuated with irresponsible, selfish, deceitful and hostile interventions in Iran’s internal affairs by various US governments. The present book reflect on new projects and plans devised by strategic centers in the United States following the tenth presidential election in Iran.

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Islamic Chinoiserie: The Art of Mongol Iran
Sunday, June 12, 2011

Highly illustrated, Islamic Chinoiserie offers a fascinating glimpse into the artistic interaction between Iran and China under the Mongols. By using rich visual materials from various media of decorative and pictorial arts - textiles, ceramics, metalwork and manuscript painting - the book illustrates the process of adoption and adaptation of Chinese themes in the art of Mongol-ruled Iran in a visually compelling way.

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Soft War (1): Cyberwar
Saturday, June 11, 2011

Tehran International Studies & Research Institute has been publishing a collection on the soft war to provide scientific insight away from propaganda into various aspects of and trends in cyber and media threats as well as psychological operations. The first volume of this collection will focus on cyberwarfare.

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Security Arrangements in the Persian Gulf
Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The strategic and economic characteristics of the Persian Gulf have made it of critical importance to all the states bordering its coastline, as well as the entire world’s economy and political life. Its significant geopolitical situation, in addition to its dominant position as an energy source and gateway for global energy, has caused the Gulf to be a worthy rival to outside powers, particularly those in the West, while also being amongst the most unstable and chaotic of any world regions.

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Persian Ceramics: 9th - 14th Century
Tuesday, May 24, 2011

In the complex and varied world of Islamic art ceramics play an important role. Medieval Persian ceramics, in particular, were extraordinary for their technical invention and imaginative, refined iconography achieving artistic results that would be difficult to surpass in the art of pottery. Compared with early Islamic art, works of art from medieval times make much greater use of figural decoration and forms.

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After Empire: The Birth of a Multipolar World
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Author and analyst Dilip Hiro examines the complex economic and political developments that have led to the end of a Superpower nation, and the rise of an international system with multiple powers. Hiro’s analysis is informed by an astute understanding of history, economies, and diplomacy. The book examines the ideologies, diplomatic relationships, and needs of major world players, including China, Venezuela, Iran, India, and the United States. Using history as a guide Hiro is able to draw logical conclusions about what this multipolar world will look like in the years to come.

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How Early Muslim Scholars Assimilated Aristotle and Made Iran the Intellectual Center of the Islamic World
Tuesday, May 3, 2011

This work demonstrates how falsafah (which linguistically refers to a group of commentaries by Muslim scholars) associated with their readings of "The Corpus Aristotelicum" in Iran has been always closely linked with religion. It demonstrates that the blending of the new natural theology with Iranian culture created an intellectual climate that made Iran the center of falsafah in the Medieval world.

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Islamic Republic of Iran’s Diplomacy
Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The present book has been arranged in three chapters entitled “Islamic Republic of Iran’s Diplomacy and Foreign Policy,” “About Iran’s Energy Diplomacy,” and “About Iran’s Nuclear Diplomacy.” It is a compilation of three independent articles on various aspects of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s diplomacy which have been written under different circumstances over about a decade.

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A Metahistory of the Clash of Civilisations
Sunday, April 17, 2011

Beginning with the wars of ancient Persia and Greece, Arshin Adib-Moghaddam searches for the theoretical underpinnings of the "clash of civilizations" that has determined so much of our political and cultural discourse. He revisits the Crusades, colonialism, the Enlightenment, and our contemporary war on terror, and he engages with both eastern and western thinkers, such as Adorno, Derrida, Farabi, Foucault, Hegel, Khayyam, Marcuse, Marx, Said, Ibn Sina, and Weber.

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