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.
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.
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.
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 01, 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 01, 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.