Iran in World History

ISBN : 9780199335497

Richard Foltz
176 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Dec 2015
New Oxford World History
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  • Provides a balanced treatment of successive historical periods rather than focusing on the ancient or modern period alone
  • Demonstrates the continuity throughout Iran's long history
  • Emphasizes Iran's huge cultural influence throughout history
  • A concise introduction that covers Iranian history from the beginnings to the present

One of the world's most ancient and enduring civilizations, Iran has long played a central role in human events and continues to do so today. This book traces the spread of Iranian culture among diverse populations ranging from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean, and along the Silk Roads as far as China, from prehistoric times up to the present day. From paradise gardens and Persian carpets to the mystical poetry of Rumi and Hafez, Iran's contributions have earned it a place among history's greatest and most influential civilizations. Encompassing the fields of religion, literature and the arts, politics, and higher learning, this book provides a holistic history of this important culture.


Editors' Preface
Chapter 1 A Convergence of Land and Language (3500-550 BCE)
Chapter 2 Iran and the Greeks (550-247 BCE)
Chapter 3 Parthians, Sasanians, and Sogdians (247 BCE-651 CE)
Chapter 4 The Iranization of Islam (651-1027)
Chapter 5 The Turks: Empire-Builders and Champions of Persian Culture (1027-1722)
Chapter 6 Under Europe's Shadow (1722-1925)
Chapter 7 Modernization and Dictatorship: The Pahlavi Years (1925-79)
Chapter 8 The Islamic Republic of Iran (1979-present)
Further Reading

About the author: 

Richard Foltz, Professor of Religion; Director, Centre for Iranian Studies, Concordia University

"it is particularly well written and will be a quick, enjoyable read for those interested in learning about Iranian history and culture ... Essential." - CHOICE

"Richard Foltz analyses the socio-political reasons that led to the Islamic Revolution of 1979 in Iran; he discusses also the history of the country in the aftermath, with a fair amount of objectivity and impartiality. Among the advantages of the book I would mention the ample photographic materials and a brief chronology of the Iranian history." - Anton Evstratov, Iran and the Caucasus

"Any reader looking for a concise, yet all-inclusive history of Iran, or the development and interactions of world civilizations in general would enjoy Foltz's new book." - The Middle East Journal

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