Iran is a land of contradictions. it really is an Islamic republic, yet one within which simply 1.4 percentage of the inhabitants attend Friday prayers. Iran's non secular tradition encompasses the main censorious and dogmatic Shi'a Muslim clerics on this planet, but its poetry insistently dwells at the joys of existence: wine, good looks, intercourse. Iranian ladies are topic to 1 of the main restrictive costume codes within the Islamic global, yet make up approximately 60 percentage of the scholar inhabitants of the nation's universities.

In A historical past of Iran, acclaimed historian Michael Axworthy chronicles the wealthy heritage of this complicated country from the Achaemenid Empire of 6th century B.C. to the present-day Islamic Republic. In attractive prose, this revised edition explains the army, political, spiritual, and cultural forces that experience formed one of many oldest carrying on with civilizations on the planet, bringing us up sleek occasions. Concluding with an evaluation of the massive adjustments the country has gone through because the revolution in 1979, together with a detailed examine Iran's ongoing makes an attempt to develop into a nuclear strength, A heritage of Iran bargains basic readers a necessary consultant to figuring out this risky kingdom, that's once more on the heart of the world's attention.

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