Incredible Isfahan

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Active ImageBook’s Author and Film Producer: Farzin Rezaian
Preface: Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Date: January 2011
Language: English & Persian

 "Incredible Isfahan" narrates the glory of Safavid era

The collection of "Incredible Isfahan", which introduces the history city, illustrates Isfahan during the Sassanid, Great Seljuq and the glorious Safavid Empire.

The book is adorned with an introduction penned by prominent Iranian philosopher Seyyed Hossein Nasr. Besides his point of views the book contains the opinions of other international professors as well as noted Iranian artists.

Moreover 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.

Places including Isfahan's Atiq Square, individual Ali Ghapoo Palace (according to old evidences and photos) as well as the Mirror Hall were reconstructed.

The movie of Incredible Isfahan is narrated by noted Iranian actor Amin Tarokh.

Active ImageThe historical and documentary book is authored according to the opinion of Professor Eugenio Galdieri, the author of "Les palais d'Isfahan" moreover the readers could enjoy a fluent language. Using pictures and attractive graphic reconstructions, Dr. Farzin Rezaean and his colleagues will take the audiences to a magical and stunning trip; Isfahan is a center of arts and culture where the glory of artistic traditions and the magnificence of historical buildings open doors to Iran's magnificence.

Books and films on the historical sites of the city of Isfahan entitled “Incredible Isfahan” was unveiled at Tehran’s Iranology Foundation during a ceremony on Wednesday January 5th 2011.

At the ceremony, the book’s author and film producer Farzin Rezaian spoke about his aims and the writing process.

The bilingual book in English and Persian accompanied with a DVD features Isfahan in the Sassanid and Seljuk eras, and especially, the Safavid period.

The book features historical sites of Isfahan that have been partially or totally ruined, and also provides a preface written by the renowned scholar Seyyed Hossein Nasr.

Active Image“Items which are used in the book and video are documented from other books and travelogues on Isfahan,” Rezaian mentioned at the ceremony

Wisdom and soul are manifest in Persian art in Isfahan and the city’s abundance of art is not limited to the Safavid era, he said.

Isfahan’s Jameh Mosque was constructed in Sassanid era about 800 years ago but the historical monuments that remain from the reign of Savafid king Shah Abbas attracts global attention to the city, he asserted.

Shah Abbas distinguished himself from prior and succeeding rulers by his ideas and foresight, Rezaian added.

He went on to say that Isfahan is a harmonious city in which one feels that a symphony is being performed.

He also explained about Chahar Bagh which is the main boulevard of Isfahan. It was built as part of a larger urban project undertaken between 1596 and 1597 by the Safavid Shah Abbas.

Its name, literally translated as “four gardens”, refers to a popular garden typology consisting of four plots divided by waterways or paths forming a cruciform plan.

Active Image“The Chahar Bagh was named the ‘present paradise’ by Safavid authors and the concept of paradise is depicted in ceramics and paintings of that era,” he said.

Several artists from different parts of the world including Asia, Africa and Europe resided in this city and their artworks are manifested in Chehel Sotun, he said.

About the Author

Farzin Rezaean, the book's author, director and producer is a graduate of Illinois University. Following his academic studies he worked on Iran's civilization and arts. During the past 20 years he has worked on research, compiling texts and directing documentary movies, some of which presented by national and international awards,

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