The Silk Roads: A New History of the World
Sunday, February 14, 2016
For centuries, fame and fortune was to be found in the west – in the New World of the Americas. Today, it is the east which calls out to those in search of adventure and riches. The region stretching from eastern Europe and sweeping right across Central Asia deep into China and India, is taking centre stage in international politics, commerce and culture – and is shaping the modern world.
Saudi Arabia and Iran: Friends or Foes?
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
In a riveting narrative based on accounts of her interactions with Saudi and Iranian politicians and rich archival material, a leading scholar on the Middle East unravels the mysteries of a contentious relationship.
A History of Modern Iran
Thursday, January 21, 2016
In a reappraisal of Iran's modern history, Ervand Abrahamian traces its traumatic journey across the twentieth century, through the discovery of oil, imperial interventions, the rule of the Pahlavis and, in 1979, revolution and the birth of the Islamic Republic. In the intervening years, the country has experienced a bitter war with Iraq, the transformation of society under the clergy and, more recently, the expansion of the state and the struggle for power between the old elites, the intelligentsia and the commercial middle class.
Text and Image in Medieval Persian Art
Sunday, November 8, 2015
Sheila S. Blair
Greater Iranian arts from the 10th to the 16th century are technically some of the finest produced anywhere. They are also intellectually engaging, showing the lively interaction between the verbal and the visual arts. Focusing on objects found in the main media at the time, Sheila S. Blair shows how artisans played with form, material and decoration to engage their audiences. She also shows how the reception of these objects has changed and that their present context has implications for our understanding of the past.
“Diplomat” Publishes Second Issue
Friday, October 9, 2015
The second issue of the Iranian journal Diplomat monthly has been published with Kayhan Barzegar as editor in chief. The journal joined Iranian media through a detailed interview in its first issue with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on the Joint Comprehensive Program of Action (JCPOA) and its implications on regional cooperation. The cover of the second issue carries a cartoon of US President Barak Obama, which is related to the special dossier of this foreign and international policy monthly.
History of Bread in Iran
Friday, October 2, 2015
Since ancient times, bread has been the staple diet of the peoples living in the Iranian plateau. In History of Bread in Iran, Willem Floor, one of the foremost scholars of Iranian history, describes the beginnings of agriculture and bread-making, and the various grains and other products that were, and are, used to make bread. He then delves into the making of dough in rural and urban areas, followed by an overview of baking techniques, and the many kinds of bread that were—and continue to be—made in Iran.
Enabling the Iranian Gas Export Options
Friday, September 11, 2015
Maximilian Kuhn investigates one of the most pressing, yet neglected subjects in the field of global energy politics: the integration of the Iranian gas market. Possessing the world’s second-largest proven natural gas reserves, Iran is a hypothetical energy giant-in-waiting.
First Issue of Diplomat Monthly Published in Iran
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
The first issue of Diplomat Monthly has been published with Kayhan Barzegar, the Director of the Center for Middle East Strategic Studies and Chair of the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the Islamic Azad University’s Science and Research Branch, as Editor in Chief.