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Iran and the World in the Safavid Age
Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Safavid era is of special significance in the history of Iran. Under the Safavids -- between the sixteenth and the mid-eighteenth century -- Iran was transformed and a state emerged which was the forerunner of the Iran of today in several important ways. Safavid Persia is known for its wealth of cultural contributions to the history of Iran and to the arts of the Islamic world. Its robust military interventions with its Ottoman and Mughal neighbours has also been extensively studied.

The East Moves West
Wednesday, March 30, 2011

During a period when established Western economies are treading water at best, industry and development are exploding in China and India. The world's two most populous nations are the biggest reasons for Asia's growing footprint on other global regions. The impact of that footprint is especially important in the Middle East, given that region's role as an economic and geopolitical linchpin. In The East Moves West, Geoffrey Kemp details the growing interdependence of the Middle East and Asia and projects the likely ramifications of this evolving relationship.

The World of Achaemenid Persia
Monday, March 14, 2011

Interest and fascination in Achaemenid Persia has burgeoned in recent years. It is time for a major new appraisal of the glorious civilization founded by Cyrus the Great and continued by his successors, the Great Kings Darius I, Xerxes and Artaxerxes I. This volume offers precisely that: a sustained and comprehensive overview of the field of Achaemenid studies by leading scholars and experts. It discusses all aspects of Achaemenid history and archaeology between 550 BCE and 330 BCE, and embraces the whole vast territory of the Persian Empire from North Africa to India and from Central Asia to the Persian Gulf. Topics covered include aspects of Achaemenid religion, administration, material culture, ethnicity, gender and the survival of Achaemenid traditions.

Ethnic Identity in Azerbaijan Republic
Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Ethnicity, as a major determinant of a nation’s identity, plays a great role in determining fate of countries. Following the collapse of the former Soviet Union, political geography of that region and areas around it have radically changed and new political entities have come into being on the basis of nation-state concept. The most pivotal factor in all new countries was ethnicities inhabiting them. Therefore, more than twenty new countries have been born in the Central Asia, Caucasus, and Balkans whose common denominator is sovereignty of a dominant ethnic group.

Islam in the Modern World
Monday, February 14, 2011

The foremost U.S. authority on Islam and, Seyyed Hossein Nasr discusses today’s hot button issues—including holy wars, women’s rights, the rise of Islamic fundamentalism, and the future of Moslems in the Middle East—in this groundbreaking discussion of the fastest-growing religion in the world. One of the great scholars in the modern Islamic intellectual tradition, and the acclaimed author of books such as The Garden of Truth and The Heart of Islam, Nasr brings incomparable insight to this exploration of Muslim issues and realities, delivering a landmark publication promoting cross-cultural awareness and world peace.

Bihzad, Master of Persian Painting
Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Although Kamal al-Din Bihzad is acknowledged to be one of the greatest masters of Persian painting, there has to date been no comprehensive study of his life and work. He flourished during the golden age of artistic achievement in the late Teimurid and early Safavid periods, working in Herat and then in Tabriz. This illustrated book traces the roots of the style developed by Bihzad, its heritage and its legacy in Iran, Mughal India and Ottoman Turkey.

Strategic Culture
Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The implosion of the Soviet Union and inability of Soviets to forecast that upheaval undermined realistic theories and led to resurgence of cultural theories, so that, such theories were associated with security studies. The present book is, in fact, an effort to introduce its readers to fundaments and different functions of culture and security with special emphasis on strategic culture and influence of strategic culture on strategic behavior. Therefore, four chapters of the book will delineate cultural theories related to security, characteristics of strategic culture, its capabilities in shaping strategic behavior, and challenges facing strategic culture.

Incredible Isfahan
Saturday, January 8, 2011

The collection of "Incredible Isfahan", which introduces the history city, illustrates Isfahan during the Sassanid, Great Seljuq and the glorious Safavid Empire. The book interestingly and individually recreates Isfahan's historical sites which are totally or partly ruined thus the book will be amusing for the readers who have frequently visited the city as the reconstructions can be fascinating for those who live in Isfahan as well.

Among the Iranians
Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The eyes of the world are on Iran, from nuclear issues to women's rights to Iran's perspective on Palestine. Yet a strictly political view does not allow for an accurate of complete outlook on this important and fascinating country. In Among the Iranians, Greek-born author Sofia A. Koutlaki shares the lessons she's learned firsthand as a foreigner living in Tehran. Through memorable anecdotes and in-depth explanations of Iranian customs, Koutlaki presents a side of Iran that foreigners rarely see. The author's insight challenges reader to dispel their previous notions and judgments to see Iran at its heart-- warm, inviting and rich with tradition. Among the Iranians is also an indispensable practical guide, offering insight about Iranian dress, etiquette and even food.

Occupational Ethics in Iranian and Islamic Civilization
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The global approach to situation of various ethical covenants and regulations and serious efforts made to establish and strengthen various civil and ethical organizations and institutions in recent years are all telltale signs of new trends to review role and functions of human ethics in dynamism of social relations and are indicative of a broad-based determination to generate a scientific and developing trend in ethical endeavors both at national and international levels.