The Splendour of Iran

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Author: Nasrollah Pourjavady

Hardcover: 1680 Pages, Three-Volumes
Publisher: Booth-Clibborn (September 1, 2001)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1861540116


The Splendour of Iran provides an unprecedented insight into the traditions and contemporary life of one of the world's most enduring civilisations. As the first comprehensive study on Persian culture since the 1930s, it is the result of a unique 5 year collaboration, combining Iranian scholarship, insight and photographic access with international design and publishing, under General Editor Dr. Nasrollah Pourjavady. Vibrant, specially commissioned colour photographs - from the Pazyryk Carpet and Cup of Solomon to the magnificent Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque -reveal all aspects of the country's cultural past and present. This major three-volume publication shows how ancient traditions still affect the life and customs of present-day Iran in almost every sphere of human activity: in sculpture, painting, tilework, jewellery, carpet-making, gardening, architecture and engineering, science and medicine, philosophy and folklore, and in the enduring importance of poetry. An invaluable source of reference for the specialist and a highly-prized addition to the general reader's bookshelf, The Splendour of Iran offers an unrivalled sense of the country, its art and its people.

With 1,250 newly commissioned photographs, The Splendour of Iran displays the richness of Persian culture from the glories of Iran's past, such as the ruined city of Persepolis and the mosques at Isfahan, to contemporary scenes of city and rural life, as well as works of art from museums and collections drawn from every corner of Iran and beyond. The three volumes cover every aspect of Iran's art and culture, from the Sasanian reliefs at Parsargadae through contemporary wall painting in Tehran, including architecture, sculpture, gardens, mosaics, paintings, miniatures, illuminated manuscripts, carpets, gold and silverware from ancient times through to the collection of the ex Shah and ceramics. The recent history and present day life of the Iranian people is also shown through original photography and commentary. More than a survey, The Splendour of Iran offers a fresh approach to the subject through new photography, high quality design and lucid text written by Iran's leading academics and art historians.

3 volumes in a slipcase covers every aspect of Iran's art and culture. Includes 1,250 newly commissioned photographs.

Volume I: Ancient Times - Prehistoric Iran, Elamite Heritage, The Aryan Legacy, Imperial Period, Applied and Decorative Arts, Courtly Pastimes

Volume II: Islamic Period - Vernacular Architecture, City Planning, Elements of Cities, Architectural Ornament

Volume III: Islamic Period - Applied and Decorative Arts, The Cultural Continum

About the Author

Dr. Nasrollah Pourjavady is a prolific Iranian scholar, author, and translator who specializes in Islamic philosophy, Sufi Studies, and Persian Literature. He was the founding director of Iran University Press. Most recently, Professor Nasrollah Pourjavady has been at the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and previously held academic positions at the University of Tehran, Colgate University, and the Gregorian University in Rome. In 2005 Professor Nasrollah Pourjavady received the Alexander von Humboldt Award for excellence in research. He collaborated with Peter Lamborn Wilson on two books, as well as many others authored and edited by him alone. Dr. Pourjavady contributed the article “A Sufi Fable - Shah Da‘i I Shirazi’s 'Tale of the Fish'” to the Spring, 1976 issue of Studies.