The Oxford Handbook of Iranian History

Paperback | June 15, 2014

EditorTouraj Daryaee

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This Handbook is a current, comprehensive single-volume history of Iranian civilization. The authors, all leaders in their fields, emphasize the large-scale continuities of Iranian history while also describing the important patterns of transformation that have characterized Iran's past. Eachof the chapters focuses on a specific epoch of Iranian history and surveys the general political, social, cultural, and economic issues of that era. The ancient period begins with chapters considering the anthropological evidence of the prehistoric era, through to the early settled civilizations of the Iranian plateau, and continuing to the rise of the ancient Persian empires. The medieval section first considers the Arab-Muslim conquest of theseventh century, and then moves on to discuss the growing Turkish influence filtering in from Central Asia beginning in the tenth and eleventh centuries. The last third of the book covers Iran in the modern era by considering the rise of the Safavid state and its accompanying policy ofcentralization, the introduction of Shi'ism, the problems of reform and modernization in the Qajar and Pahlavi periods, and the revolution of 1978-79 and its aftermath. The book is a collaborative exercise among scholars specializing in a variety of sub-fields, and across a number of disciplines, including history, art history, classics, literature, politics, and linguistics. Here, readers can find a reliable and accessible narrative that can serve as anauthoritative guide to the field of Iranian studies.

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This Handbook is a current, comprehensive single-volume history of Iranian civilization. The authors, all leaders in their fields, emphasize the large-scale continuities of Iranian history while also describing the important patterns of transformation that have characterized Iran's past. Eachof the chapters focuses on a specific epoch ...

Touraj Daryaee is Howard C. Baskerville Professor in the History of Iran and the Persianate World and Associate Director of the Dr. Samuel M. Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture at the University of California, Irvine. His previous books include Sasanian Persia: The Rise and Fall of an Empire, winner of the British Society f...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:434 pages, 9.61 × 6.69 × 0.68 inPublished:June 15, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199390428

ISBN - 13:9780199390427

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ContributorsMapsTouraj Daryaee: Introduction1. Kamyar Abdi: From Paleolithic Times to the Rise of the Achaemenid Empire2. Daniel Potts: The Elamites3. Prods Oktor Skji'rvo: Avestan Culture4. Alireza Shapour Shahbazi: The Achaemenid Empire5. Evangelos Venetis: Iran at the time of Alexander the Great and the Seleucids6. Edward Dabrowa: The Arsacids7. Touraj Daryaee: The Sasanians8. Michael G. Morony: Iran in the Early Islamic History9. Neguin Yavari: Medieval Iran10. George E. Lane: The Mongols in Iran11. Ali Anooshahr: Timurid Iran12. Kathryn Babayan: The Safavids in Iranian History (1501-1722)13. Kamran S. Aghaie: The Afghan Interlude and the Zand and Afshar Dynasties (1722-1795)14. Ettehadieh Nezam-Mafi: The Qajars15. Afshin Matin-Asgari: The Pahlavi Dynasty16. Maziar Behrooz: Iran after Revolution (1979-2009)Ruling Dynasties of IranIndex