Iran and the West

Iran and the West

Author: Margaux Whiskin

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781838608767

Category: History

Page: 368

View: 936

Since the age of the Sasanian Empire (224-651 AD), Iran and the West have time and again appeared to be at odds. Iran and the West charts this contentious and complex relationship by examining the myriad ways the two have perceived each other, from antiquity to today. Across disciplines, perspectives and periods contributors consider literary, imagined, mythical, visual, filmic, political and historical representations of the 'other' and the ways in which these have been constructed in, and often in spite of, their specific historical contexts. Many of these narratives, for example, have their origin in the ancient world but have since been altered, recycled and manipulated to fit a particular agenda. Ranging from Tacitus, Leonidas and Xerxes via Shahriar Mandanipour and Azar Nafisi to Rosewater, Argo and 300, this inter-disciplinary and wide-ranging volume is essential reading for anyone working on the complex history, present and future of Iranian-Western relations.

Iran and the West

Iran and the West

Author: Philip Steele

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 9781448860708

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 759

Iran is a country rich in culture, with a long, sometimes violent history. After the Shah was overthrown in 1979, the Ayatollah Khomeini ruled the government. They led the country into war with Iraq and created tension with many Western countries, including the United States. Readers explore the long history and culture of Iran—the rise of the Ayatollah, the election of current president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, diplomatic relations with countries in Europe and the United States, and the importance of Iran in the global economy.

Reintegrating Iran with the West

Reintegrating Iran with the West

Author: Mohammad Elahee

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing

ISBN: 9781784417413

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 184

View: 641

Iran's potential as a key player in the region's economic, political and technological development is largely unrealized. This book provides its readers with a fuller understanding of the economic complexities of the present and the promise of a future rebirth in an important country, perhaps the last emerging market.

The Rise of Nuclear Iran

The Rise of Nuclear Iran

Author: Dore Gold

Publisher: Regnery Publishing

ISBN: 9781596985711

Category: Political Science

Page: 418

View: 657

Examines Iran's pursuit of nuclear power in defiance of the United Nations and protests from the Western world, explaining why diplomatic engagement with Iran has never worked and outlining the regime's radical aspirations for the Middle East.

Architectural Heritage in the Western Azerbaijan Province of Iran

Architectural Heritage in the Western Azerbaijan Province of Iran

Author: Maurizio Boriani

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030830946

Category: Social Science

Page: 567

View: 180

This book represents a reflection on the policies of preservation that were established and interventions for restoration that occurred in Iran before and in the years after the Khomeinist Revolution, as well as being an analysis of the impact that Italian restoration culture has had in the country. Research concerning the state of conservation and the ongoing restoration of the Armenian churches in the Khoy and Salmas areas is included, along with precise documentation of the observation of the two cities, their architecture and the context of their landscape. The problems of architectural restoration in present-day Iran and the compatible use of buildings no longer intended for worship are addressed. The book is bolstered by first-hand documentation obtained through inspections and interviews with Iranian specialists during three missions carried out between 2016 and 2018 and a large anthology of period texts that have only recently been made available for the first time for study in electronic form, including travel reports written by Westerners describing Persia between the 15th and 19th centuries.

Modern Iran

Modern Iran

Author: Ali M. Ansari

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 1405840846

Category: History

Page: 396

View: 325

Written from an Iranian perspective, and eschewing the standard conspiracy theories, this is a book about political change in Iran in the modern era and the challenges faced by the Iranian state both internally and internationally (especially it's relationship with the USA and Iraq.)

Khomeini's Ghost

Khomeini's Ghost

Author: Con Coughlin

Publisher: Ecco

ISBN: UOM:39015080695078

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 408

View: 396

Presents the life and political career of the Iranian religious leader, detailing his role in implementing the Islamic revolution and the imposition of strict Islamic rule, his support of the war with Iraq, and his continuing influence on the policies ofthe current government.

Central Asia Meets the Middle East

Central Asia Meets the Middle East

Author: David Menashri

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135241506

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 685

The emergence of Muslim republics has been part of a larger transformation experienced by the Middle East in the 1990s. The main purpose of this volume is to examine the impact of the transformation on the Middle East, especially Turkey and Iran.

Guardians of the Revolution

Guardians of the Revolution

Author: Ray Takeyh

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199754106

Category: History

Page: 321

View: 618

For over a quarter century, Iran has been one of America's chief nemeses. Ever since Ayatollah Khomeini overthrew the Shah in 1979, the relationship between the two nations has been antagonistic: revolutionary guards chanting against the Great Satan, Bush fulminating against the Axis of Evil, Iranian support for Hezbollah, and President Ahmadinejad blaming the U.S. for the world's ills. The unending war of words suggests an intractable divide between Iran and the West, one that may very well lead to a shooting war in the near future. But as Ray Takeyh shows in this accessible and authoritative history of Iran's relations with the world since the revolution, behind the famous personalities and extremist slogans is a nation that is far more pragmatic--and complex--than many in the West have been led to believe. Takeyh explodes many of our simplistic myths of Iran as an intransigently Islamist foe of the West. Tracing the course of Iranian policy since the 1979 revolution, Takeyh identifies four distinct periods: the revolutionary era of the 1980s, the tempered gradualism following the death of Khomeini and the end of the Iran-Iraq war in 1989, the reformist period from 1997-2005 under President Khatami, and the shift toward confrontation and radicalism since the election of President Ahmadinejad in 2005. Takeyh shows that three powerful forces--Islamism, pragmatism, and great power pretensions--have competed in each of these periods, and that Iran's often paradoxical policies are in reality a series of compromises between the hardliners and the moderates, often with wild oscillations between pragmatism and ideological dogmatism. The U.S.'s task, Takeyh argues, is to find strategies that address Iran's objectionable behavior without demonizing this key player in an increasingly vital and volatile region. With its clear-sighted grasp of both nuance and historical sweep, Guardians of the Revolution will stand as the standard work on this controversial--and central--actor in world politics for years to come.