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The Two Eyes of the Earth
Tuesday, November 23, 2010

This pioneering study examines a pivotal period in the history of Europe and the Near East. Spanning the ancient and medieval worlds, it investigates the shared ideal of sacred kingship that emerged in the late Roman and Persian empires. This shared ideal, while often generating conflict during the four centuries of the empires' coexistence (224-642), also drove exchange, especially the means and methods Roman and Persian sovereigns used to project their notions of universal rule: elaborate systems of ritual and their cultures' visual, architectural, and urban environments. Matthew Canepa explores the artistic, ritual, and ideological interactions between Rome and the Iranian world under the Sasanian dynasty, the last great Persian dynasty before Islam.

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Shah 'Abbas: The Remaking of Iran
Monday, November 8, 2010

This richly illustrated book brings together an amazing array of treasures that were given to Iran’s shrines during Shah `Abbas’s reign. It traces the story of the Safavid dynasty (15011722), a period of dynamic religious and political development in Iran. Art and architecture flourished and achieved new heights of beauty and brilliance with the creation of the magnificent shrines at Ardabil, Mashhad and Qum. During this so-called Golden Age of Persian art, Shah `Abbas renovated these shrines and donated to them priceless works of art including sumptuous carpets, silks, porcelain and albums, many of which are illustrated here in glorious detail.

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Comparing Iran’s Power Components with Southwest Asian Countries
Monday, October 25, 2010

Assessing various components of countries’ power is a model used for such evaluation. The present book aims to compare economic, political, military, territorial, scientific, social, cultural, transnational, and spatial components of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s national power with other countries in Southwest Asia.

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The Persian Empire
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Persian Empire, Lindsay Allen's beautifully illustrated companion volume to the exhibition, is also, in its own right, a triumph. One of the few accounts of its kind, Allen's comprehensive and accessible history deepens our understanding of this lost empire, providing general readers with a breadth of material that has been, until now, available primarily to scholars. In doing so, The Persian Empire broadens the perspective of those who have seen the exhibition and reveals a new world for those who haven't. Surveying written sources, art objects, warfare, politics, and archaeological sites, Allen supplements this illuminating history with descriptions of daily life in the world's first land-based dynastic kingdom, eventually conquered in 331 BCE by Alexander the Great.

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Religions of the Silk Road
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Religions of the Silk Road looks behind the romantic notions of the colonial era and tells the story of how cultural traditions, especially in the form of religious ideas, accompanied merchants and their goods along the overland Asian trade routes in pre-modern times. As early as three thousand years ago Hebraic and Iranian religious ideas and practices traveled eastwards in this way, to be followed centuries later by the great missionary traditions of Buddhism, Christianity, Manichaeism, and Islam. But the Silk Road was more than just a conduit along which these religions hitched rides East; it was a formative and transformative rite of passage, and no religion emerged unchanged at the end of the journey.

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Persian Rugs and Carpets: The Fabric of Life
Monday, September 13, 2010

This book shows the vast range and quality of carpets woven in Persia from about 1850 to 1980. In addition, there is a discussion of rugs woven in countries or areas adjacent to Persia itself, particularly those rugs that either fell or fall into the Persian geographical or cultural orbit, Caucasian weavings, Turkish and Hereke silk rugs and certain weavings that have strong Persian and Islamic influences.

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Comparative Study of Election Systems
Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Elections are among the most important indicators of democratic and healthy societies. However, a wholesome and flawless election system is, per se, more important than election itself. The present book studies various election systems, supervisory mechanisms used to monitor elections, executive structures and processes related to elections, election hustings, as well as rights and qualifications of both voters and candidates under various democratic systems. The findings have been then used to propose ways for reinforcing strengths and eliminating possible weaknesses of the election system under the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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Operation Ajax
Sunday, August 22, 2010

“Operation Ajax” is title of a book explaining historical issues surrounding the coup d’état staged against the former Iranian Prime Minister Mosaddeq's government on August 19, 1953. The book has been divided in two sections: Translation and Research.

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The History of Theater in Iran
Monday, August 9, 2010

In traditional Iranian theater, there was no real difference between high and low culture, although artists attached to the royal court and sponsored by the rich tended to be more competent than those who performed for the public at large. With the exception of religious and narrative drama, written texts were seldom used. The artists—whether comedian, mime, puppeteer, elegist or storyteller performed both in public and private spaces.

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Geopolitics of the World System
Monday, July 26, 2010

Written by one of the world’s leading political geographers, this textbook examines the dramatic changes wrought by ideological and economic forces unleashed by the end of the Cold War. Saul Cohen considers these forces in the context of their human and physical settings and explores their geographical influence on foreign policy and international relations. Presenting a global spatial scope, the book considers the entire hierarchy of geopolitical units—subnational, national states, and quasi-states; geopolitical regions; and geostrategic realms. By emphasizing the interaction between geographical settings and changing ideological and economic forces, Cohen has succeeded in creating a new global geopolitical map.

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