Iran: Empire of the Mind
A History from Zoroaster to the Present Day
By (author) Michael Axworthy
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Iran: Empire of the Mind by Michael Axworthy
Book DescriptionIran often appears in the media as a hostile and difficult country. But beneath the headlines there is a fascinating story of a nation of great intellectual variety and depth, and enormous cultural importance. A nation whose impact has been tremendous, not only on its neighbours in the Middle East but on the world as a whole - and through ideas and creativity rather than by the sword. From the time of the prophet Zoroaster, to the powerful ancient Persian Empires, to the revolution of 1979, the hostage crisis and current president Mahmud Ahmadinejad - a controversial figure within as well as outside the country - Michael Axworthy traces a vivid, integrated account of Iran's past. He explains clearly and carefully both the complex succession of dynasties that ruled ancient Iran and the surprising ethnic diversity of the modern country, held together by a common culture. With Iran again the focus of the world's attention, and questions about the country's disposition and intentions pressing, Iran: Empire of the Mind is an essential guide to understanding a complicated land.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780141036298
(198mm x 129mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 6-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Michael Axworthy
Iran, Hardback (January 2017)
An essential overview of Iran, a complex and important nation that has occupied world headlines for nearly four decades.
Revolutionary Iran, Paperback (March 2014)
For several years the Islamic Republic has resisted widespread condemnation, sanctions, and sustained attacks by Iraq in an eight-year war. This title tells the definitive history of the Iran-Iraq war, and revolutionary Iran, essential for understanding the country today.
Sword of Persia, Paperback (February 2009)» View all books by Michael Axworthy
Nader Shah, ruler of Persia from 1736 to 1747, embodied ruthless ambition, energy, military brilliance, cynicism and cruelty. His reign was filled with bloodshed, betrayal and horror. Yet Nader Shah is central to Iran's early modern history. This book features the story of this remarkable, ruthless man, capable of both charm and brutality.
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Author Biography - Michael Axworthy
Michael Axworthy is the former head of the Iran desk at the Foreign Office and author of a very well-received book on Nader Shah, published in 2006.
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