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Iran: A Very Short Introduction

Ali Ansari

November 2014

ISBN: 9780199669349

144 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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In this Very Short Introduction Ali Ansari provides a radical reinterpretation of Iranian history and politics, placing the Islamic Revolution in the context of a century of political change and social transformation, to gain a fuller understanding of Iran's identity, culture, and politics.

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In this Very Short Introduction Ali Ansari provides a radical reinterpretation of Iranian history and politics, placing the Islamic Revolution in the context of a century of political change and social transformation, to gain a fuller understanding of Iran's identity, culture, and politics.

  • Provides a reinterpretation of Iran's history and politics
  • Considers the factors that have shaped Iran and the Iranian identity through history
  • Allows a better appreciation of the history and culture of the Iranian people
  • Considers the relationship between the Middle East, Iran, and the West
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over six million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Ali Ansari, Professor of Iranian History, University of St Andrews

Ali M. Ansari is Professor of Iranian History & 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 Crisis of Authority: Iran's 2009 Presidential Election (Chatham House, 2010). In 2013 Ali Ansari was elected President of BIPS.

Table of Contents

    1:Preface
    2:The West and Iran
    3:Iran and Persia
    4:Iran and Islam
    5:Iran and the West
    6:Conclusion
    Further reading
    Index

Reviews

"It is a considerable challenge to sum up the essense of Iran, with its recorded history of more than 2,500 years, in only a little more than a hundred pages. But Ali Ansari does so effectively by focusing on the multi-layered identity of the Iranians." - David Blow, The Times Literary Supplement

"This book is written in a lively and accessible style. It is full of insights into modern Iran, the most important of which is the continuing impact of Iran's mythology and long history on the present. It should be required reading for anyone proposing to negotiate with Iranians, whether in politics or business." - Geopolitics and Security, Francis Robinson