By Michael Axworthy
Iran is a land of contradictions.
It is an Islamic republic, yet one during which merely 1.4 percentage of the inhabitants attend Friday prayers. Iran's non secular tradition encompasses the main censorious and dogmatic Shi'a Muslim clerics on the planet, but its poetry insistently dwells at the joys of existence: wine, attractiveness, intercourse. Iranian ladies are topic to at least one of the main restrictive costume codes within the Islamic global, yet make up approximately 60 percentage of the scholar inhabitants of the nation's universities.
In A heritage of Iran, acclaimed historian Michael Axworthy chronicles the wealthy background of this advanced state from the Achaemenid Empire of 6th century B.C. to the present-day Islamic Republic. In attractive prose, this revised variation explains the army, political, spiritual, and cultural forces that experience formed one of many oldest carrying on with civilizations on this planet, bringing us up sleek occasions. Concluding with an evaluate of the sizeable adjustments the kingdom has gone through because the revolution in 1979, together with an in depth examine Iran's ongoing makes an attempt to turn into a nuclear strength, A historical past of Iran bargains common readers a necessary advisor to figuring out this unstable kingdom, that's once more on the heart of the world's awareness.
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