Iran: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | October 31, 2014

byAli Ansari

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Iran has rarely been out of the headlines. Yet media interest and extensive coverage has tended to hinder rather than help our understanding of Iran as an idea, an identity, and a people, leading to a superficial understanding of what is a complex and nuanced political culture andcivilization. This Very Short Introduction presents a radical reinterpretation of Iranian history and politics, placing the Islamic Revolution in the context of a century of political change and social transformation. By considering the various factors that have contributed towards the construction of the idea ofIran and the complex identity of Iranians themselves, Ali Ansari steers a clear path towards a more realistic understanding for us all. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Iran has rarely been out of the headlines. Yet media interest and extensive coverage has tended to hinder rather than help our understanding of Iran as an idea, an identity, and a people, leading to a superficial understanding of what is a complex and nuanced political culture andcivilization. This Very Short Introduction presents a ra...

Ali M. Ansari is Professor of Iranian History and Founding Director of the Institute for Iranian Studies at the University of St Andrews; Senior Associate Fellow, Royal United Services Institute; Vice President of the British Institute for Persian Studies. He is the author of The Politics of Nationalism in Modern Iran (CUP, 2012) and ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.01 inPublished:October 31, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199669341

ISBN - 13:9780199669349

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Table of Contents

1. Preface2. The West and Iran3. Iran and Persia4. Iran and Islam5. Iran and the West6. ConclusionFurther readingIndex