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Iran

Ali Ansari.

November 2014; p ublished online November 2014 .

Book. Subjects: Islam; World History; Middle Eastern History; Politics. 144 pages.

Iran has rarely been out of the headlines. Yet extensive media interest has tended to hinder rather than help our understanding of Iran as an idea, an identity, and a people, leading to a...

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3. Iran and Islam

Ali M. Ansari.

in Iran

November 2014; p ublished online November 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Islam; World History; Middle Eastern History; Politics. 9708 words.

In 1979 the Islamic Revolution overthrew the monarchy and transformed Iran’s relations with the outside world. Iranian history was reassessed along with the importance of Islam to Iranian...

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5. Iran and the Iranians

Ali M. Ansari.

in Iran

November 2014; p ublished online November 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Islam; World History; Middle Eastern History; Politics. 748 words.

‘Iran and the Iranians’ explains that to begin to understand Iran is to appreciate its history—real and mythological—to see how different influences have been woven into a complex tapestry...

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4. Iran and the West

Ali M. Ansari.

in Iran

November 2014; p ublished online November 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Islam; World History; Middle Eastern History; Politics. 10515 words.

‘Iran and the West’ charts the relationship between Iran and the West beginning in the 16th and 17th centuries with increased contact with Western rulers eager to secure both economic...

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2. Mythology and history

Ali M. Ansari.

in Iran

November 2014; p ublished online November 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Islam; World History; Middle Eastern History; Politics. 11527 words.

‘Mythology and history’ describes the combined mythological and historical narratives that have had a powerful influence on contemporary Iranian identity. The mythological dynasties and...

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1. Reading Iran

Ali M. Ansari.

in Iran

November 2014; p ublished online November 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Islam; World History; Middle Eastern History; Politics. 1554 words.

Two important contributing factors to any understanding of Iran and the identity of Iranians are the centrality of history, and the subtle nature of Iran’s relationship with the West....

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