Ali Ansari

Published in print November 2014 | ISBN: 9780199669349
Published online November 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780191781315 | DOI:

Series: Very Short Introductions


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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 superficial understanding of what is a complex and nuanced political culture and civilization. Iran: A 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. It considers the various factors that have contributed towards the construction of the idea of Iran and the complex identity of Iranians themselves, to provide a more realistic understanding for us all.

Keywords: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; Alexander the Great; Cold War; Constitutional Revolution; Iran; Islam; Peter the Great; Philip II; political culture; revolution

Book.  144 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Islam ; World History ; Middle Eastern History ; Politics

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