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Understanding the US-Iran Crisis
Monday, July 12, 2010

This primer provides an essential history and analysis of US-Iranian relations. Bennis's illuminating discussion responds to calls for aggression toward Iran with alternative strategies for defusing the crisis. Bennis's book seeks to provide all information needed to answer the cries for war with a concise summation and point by point deconstruction of how the Bush administration has beaten the drums for war with Iran.

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Decline and Fall of the Sasanian Empire
Monday, June 28, 2010

Decline and Fall of the Sasanian Empire has proposes a convincing contemporary 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.

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Modernization and Reforms in Iran
Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Modernization is a social change process which is rooted in modernity and aims to create developed societies. The question about Iran is why despite more than a century of reform history, the country is not still a developed state? Presumed answer to that question, which is the main hypothesis of this research, is absence of a clear theoretical framework for modernization and reform efforts in Iran.

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Palaces and Gardens of Persia
Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The fine touches of heaven that lie behind the colorful tiled façades of palace pavilions and mosques still shine in this richly illustrated and scholarly work. Enter gardens with intricate fountains and majestic ponds fed by water that is sourced from underground aqueducts dating to the 6th century. From ancient mirrored shrines of Shiraz and geometric gardens of Kashan to the ornate domes of Ispahan, here is a glorious photographic timeline drawn in water, brick, and ceramic ornamentation along the 3,000 years of the region's architecture.

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Iran in World Politics
Tuesday, May 18, 2010

In Iran in World Politics, Arshin Adib-Moghaddam proposes new ways to study Iran in a critical perspective. The book aims to present different possible theories that interpret Iran’s image in world politics. Adib-Moghaddam’s approach is to analyse instances of Iran’s political image since the revolution.

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The Art and Architecture of Persia
Monday, May 3, 2010

This vibrantly illustrated text offers detailed historical and cultural insight into the art and architecture of one of the oldest regions of the world. The history of the area now known as Iran, but often still referred to as Persia, spans millennia, boasting a rich and complex artistic and cultural legacy. Populated since prehistoric times, thus making it one of the most dynamic areas of Islamic civilization, this region was home to the world's first powerful empire (lead by Cyrus the Great during the Achaemenid dynasty) and has influenced the aesthetic grammar of a large portion of central Asia, including Armenia, Georgia, and India.

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The Frontiers of Iran
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Frontiers and territories have been usually causes of conflicts and insecurity in international relations, especially in West Asia. Iran, which is surrounded by, at least, 15 countries, has the highest number of neighboring countries and this has added to its territorial and border concerns.

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Ancient Iran
Saturday, April 3, 2010

Spanning a 5,500-year period, this is the first book to document the ancient civilizations of the Iranian plateau in a pictorial format for children ages eight and up. The book provides a comprehensive and easy to read look at life in ancient Iran. It features unique items such as a 5000-year old textile fragment and an artificial eyeball from the Burnt City and stunning objects from the ancient ruins of Susa in southern Iran.

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Iran's Foreign Policy in the New Iraq
Monday, March 8, 2010

Iran's Foreign Policy in the New Iraq was written with an eye to understanding the place of the new Iraq in Iran's foreign policy. According to the book, during the past four decades, Iraq has imposed the greatest regional security and political challenges to Iran. The overthrow of the Ba’athist regime in Iraq and the emergence of new socio–political developments in this country have caused significant changes in the nature and characteristics of the power and political structure in Iraq.

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Challenges in Iran-West Relations
Sunday, February 21, 2010

Relations with Germany have been constantly of high importance in history of Iran’s political relations with other countries. Since the time of Bismarck and Nasser-ed-Din Shah’s visit to Germany, up to the present time, friendly relations between Iran and Germany have continued almost without interruption. This has also been true about economic relations between the two countries and about 30 percent of Iran’s industries are founded on German technology.

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