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The Ayatollah Begs to Differ

The Ayatollah Begs to Differ

by Hooman Majd

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

An American journalist (who translated for Ahmadinejad at the UN), grandson of an eminent ayatollah and the son of an Iranian diplomat, Majd introduces Persian culture and modern Iran with insight and depth. (IRN67, $16.00)

A History of Modern Iran

A History of Modern Iran

by Abrahamian Ervand

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 264 PAGES

A well-written, reliable account of 20th-century Iranian history which traces the collapse of the Shah's regime and the formation of the Islamic Republic. (IRN65, $30.99)

Culture Smart! Iran

Culture Smart! Iran

by Stuart Williams

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture. (IRN64, $11.99)

Lonely Planet Farsi (Persian) Iran Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Farsi (Persian) Iran Phrasebook

by Yavar Dehghani

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A handy phrasebook for the basics of Farsi as it is spoken in Iran. It focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler. (IRN23, $9.99)

Bradt Guide Iran

Bradt Guide Iran

by Patricia L. Baker

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2017
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A compact, detailed guide to traveling in Iran. Strong on practical information and with detailed sketch maps. (IRN25, $26.99)

Iran & Tehran Map

Iran & Tehran Map

by ITMB

  • 2015
  • MAP

A traveler's map of Iran at a scale of 1:2,350,000 with Tehran on the reverse at a scale of 1:15,000 as well as a map of the metro. (IRN15, $12.95)

 
Odyssey Guide Iran

Odyssey Guide Iran


by Helen Loveday

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

Strong on Iran's many archaeological sites, this illustrated, authoritative guide includes chapters on Islamic art and architecture, history and religion. (IRN20, $24.95)

The Saffron Tales, Recipes from the Persian Kitchen

The Saffron Tales, Recipes from the Persian Kitchen


by Yasmin Khan

  • FOOD
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 240 PAGES

Interweaving stories and recipes from all corners of Iran, British-Iranian cook Yasmin Khan shares exceptionally delicious recipes from the ordinary Iranian kitchen, including Fesenjoon (chicken with walnuts and pomegranates), Tahcheen (baked saffron and aubergine rice) and some mouth-watering desserts. (IRN139, $35.00)

44 Days, Iran and the Remaking of the World

44 Days, Iran and the Remaking of the World


by David Burnett

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 224 PAGES

National Geographic photographer Burnett shows the chaos and emotions surrounding the fall of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and the resulting Iranian Revolution in dramatic color and black-and-white photographs. (IRN119, $50.00)

A History of Iran, Empire of the Mind

A History of Iran, Empire of the Mind


by Michael Axworthy

  • HISTORY
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

A refreshingly objective and lucid history from the time of the prophet Zoroaster to the present. Recommended for anyone wanting to understand Iran's political and cultural place in the world. (IRN94, $17.99)

All the Shah's Men, An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror

All the Shah's Men, An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror


by Stephen Kinzer

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Kinzer's gripping tale of the 1953 overthrow of Mohammad Mossadegh by the CIA. (IRN51, $15.95)

Iran in World History

Iran in World History


by Richard C. Foltz

  • HISTORY
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

A concise yet comprehensive history that begins in 3500 BCE and ends with the present day to reveal Iran as one of the most influential and enduring civilizations. (IRN132, $19.95)

Iran, A Very Short Introduction

Iran, A Very Short Introduction


by Ali Ansari

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

A brief reinterpretation of recent historical and political changes in Iran which culminated in the 1979 Islamic Revolution and the ascent of the Ayatollah Khomeini. (IRN122, $11.95)

Persian Fire, The First World Empire And the Battle for the West

Persian Fire, The First World Empire And the Battle for the West


by Tom Holland

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 418 PAGES

This riveting account of Xerxes and the clash between the Persians and the Greeks in 480 BC brings to life the battle of Salamis and the clash between East and West. (IRN38, $16.95)

Shah of Shahs

Shah of Shahs


by Ryszard Kapuscinski

  • HISTORY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 152 PAGES

An impressionistic account of the last Shah of Iran by the peerless Polish travel writer, this brilliant book captures the irony, force and power of the revolution that toppled the Shah. (IRN11, $15.00)

The Islamic Enlightenment, The Struggle Between Faith and Reason, 1798 to Modern Times

The Islamic Enlightenment, The Struggle Between Faith and Reason, 1798 to Modern Times


by Christopher de Bellaigue

  • HISTORY
  • 2017
  • HARD COVER
  • 560 PAGES

With a fresh perspective on the major Islamic countries in the modern era, this authoritative work charts the reformations that began growing in Istanbul, Cairo and Tehran in the 19th century and continue today. (ISL124, $35.00)

The Struggle for Iran

The Struggle for Iran


by Christopher de Bellaigue

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER
  • 230 PAGES

A long-term resident in Tehran, married to an Iranian and fluent in Persian, De Bellaigue shows the complexities of culture and society through interview and anecdote. (IRN92, $22.95)

Art of the Middle East, Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World and Iran

Art of the Middle East, Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World and Iran


by Saeb Eigner

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

Showcasing over 500 illustrations and biographies of 200 featured artists, this revised and expanded guide to Middle Eastern art is a comprehensive overview of contemporary styles and themes. (MDE216, $39.95)

Persian Art and Architecture

Persian Art and Architecture


by Henri Stierlin

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 280 PAGES

Following the history of Iran, Stierlin examines the architectural legacies of great Persian rulers and the complex decorations that adorn Iranian palaces, mosques, madrasas and mausoleums. Complete with literate text and sumptuous photographs. (IRN140, $65.00)

Persian Painting, The Arts of the Book and Portraiture

Persian Painting, The Arts of the Book and Portraiture


by Bayani, Manijeh | Adel T. Adamova

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 552 PAGES

Showcasing hundreds of rare examples of 14th- and 15th-century Persian art, this coffee table book reproduces the work of various Persian scribes and illustrators -- many pieces for the first time. Includes over 450 color illustrations. (IRN130, $50.00)

The Art and Architecture of Persia

The Art and Architecture of Persia


by Giovanni Curatola

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2007
  • HARD COVER
  • 264 PAGES

Assessing the common characteristics of Persian ornamentation, this coffee table examination covers the rich cultural legacy of Old Persia and Middle-Age Islamic civilization, with authoritative text and 200 color photographs. (IRN133, $95.00)

Children of Paradise, The Struggle for the Soul of Iran

Children of Paradise, The Struggle for the Soul of Iran


by Laura Secor

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2017
  • PAPER
  • 528 PAGES

Moving behind the fearsome caricature that Iran has become, Secor went deep inside Iranian society to bring out stories of dreamers and doers who are shaping Iran for the better. She shows that beneath the country's monolithic exterior, there are seeds of change. (IRN135, $17.00)

Maman's Homesick Pie, A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen

Maman's Homesick Pie, A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen


by Donia Bijan

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 272 PAGES

With 30 inspired recipes from her childhood in cosmopolitan Tehran before the revolution (Saffron Yogurt Rice with Chicken and Eggplant and Orange Cardamom Cookies), her French training (Ratatouille with Black Olives and Fried Bread and Purple Plum Skillet Tart), and her cooking career in America (Roast Duck Legs with Dates and Warm Lentil Salad and Rose Petal Ice Cream), Bijan shares tales of her life and family through food. She fled with her doctor parents from Iran in 1978. (IRN112, $19.95)

Persepolis, The Story of a Childhood

Persepolis, The Story of a Childhood


by Marjane Satrapi

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

With the hard, exacting eye of a child, Satrapi observes and retells the Iranian Revolution as she saw and experienced it in this graphic novel that doubles as a memoir. Taken together, the no-nonsense black-and-white illustrations and the unembroidered narrative are completely devastating. (IRN36, $14.95)

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books


by Azar Nafisi

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 238 PAGES

Azar Nafisi's dazzling memoir lends an insightful view of modern Iran. Iranian born Nafisi finds freedom from the Cultural Revolution's oppression in the pages of Western classics. (MDE74, $18.00)

The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay

The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay


by Hooman Majd

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

The account of an Iranian-American writer who dares to take his family on a year-long sojourn to Tehran. An interesting cultural portrait and guide to Iranian culture that traces the family's domestic adventures along with the political drama of a terrible year for the Iranian government. (IRN118, $15.95)

The Road to Oxiana

The Road to Oxiana


by Robert Byron

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 292 PAGES

This brilliant portrait of Persia and Afghanistan mixes the eccentric Byron's droll adventures in the 1930s with asides on history and culture. (IRN01, $15.95)

The Rose Hotel, A Memoir of Secrets, Loss and Love from Iran to America

The Rose Hotel, A Memoir of Secrets, Loss and Love from Iran to America


by Rahimeh Andalibian

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 368 PAGES

Mixing love, loyalty, compassion, hate, pain, loss and culture shock, this page-turning memoir follows an ill-fated Iranian family whose prosperous days in their luxury hotel in Mashhad ended during the 1979 revolution. (IRN127, $26.00)

The Shah

The Shah


by Abbas Milani

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 488 PAGES

An Iranian scholar and director of the Iranian Studies program at Stanford, Milani chronicles the life and legacy of the last Shah of Iran, including his role in the creation of the modern Islamic republic, in this incisive portrait. (IRN106, $23.99)

Things I've Been Silent About

Things I've Been Silent About


by Azar Nafisi

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

Nafisi (Reading Lolita in Tehran) returns with tales of her family, and especially of her strong-willed mother, set against revolution and upheaval. (IRN60, $17.00)

Faces of Love, Hafez and the Poets of Shiraz

Faces of Love, Hafez and the Poets of Shiraz


by Dick Davis

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 368 PAGES

Dick Davis translates this selection of poems by 14th century Persian poets Hafez, Obeyd-e Zakani and the poet-princess Jahan Khatun. (IRN109, $45.00)

My Uncle Napoleon

My Uncle Napoleon


by Iraj Pezeshkzad | Dick Davis

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 507 PAGES

Marvelously rich in personality and incident, this beloved, uproarious novel is set in and around a family compound in early 1940s Tehran. (IRN18, $16.00)

Persian Myths

Persian Myths


by Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis

  • LITERATURE
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 80 PAGES

Curtis draws upon a wealth of scholarly sources to retell for modern readers the stirring legends of ancient Iran. (IRN108, $14.95)

Samarkand, A Novel

Samarkand, A Novel


by Amin Maalouf | Russell Harris

  • LITERATURE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

A fictional history of Persia featuring Omar Khayyam, the 11th-century poet and author of the "Rubaiyat." Written by Lebanese novelist Amin Maalouf. (CAS69, $14.95)

Savushun

Savushun


by M. R. Ghanoonparvar | Simin Danishvar

  • LITERATURE
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

This first ever novel written by an Iranian woman, originally published in 1969 and a bestseller in Iran, vividly portrays the culture and political upheavals of Iran in the 1940s. (IRN87, $25.00)

Shahnameh, The Persian Book of Kings

Shahnameh, The Persian Book of Kings


by Abolqasem Ferdowsi | Azar Nafisi | Dick Davis

  • LITERATURE
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 1008 PAGES

A sparkling new translation, in verse and prose, of the beloved 10th-century Persian epic. (MDE161, $30.00)

The Adventures of Amir Hamza

The Adventures of Amir Hamza


by Ghalib Lakhnavi | Musharraf Ali Farooqi

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

A deft new translation of the rip-roaring tales of the storied life and fabulous exploits of the Prophet Mohammed's uncle Hamza and his heroic encounters with emperors, merchants, viziers, courtesans, warriors and magical beings. (IDA391, $18.00)

The Conference of Birds

The Conference of Birds


by Farid-Ud-Din Attar

  • LITERATURE
  • 1984
  • PAPER
  • 234 PAGES

A classic example of mystic Sufi verse, stunningly translated into English. Attar's masterpiece has had tremendous influence on the West and was adapted into a fine English poem by Chaucer in the late 14th century. (IRN12, $16.00)

The Conference of the Birds

The Conference of the Birds


by Farid ud-Din Attar | Peter Sis

  • LITERATURE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

Farid ud-Din Attar's 12th-century Sufi allegory about a band of birds in search of God finds new life in this sumptuously illustrated adaptation by Peter Sis, the Caldecott Honor-winning children's book author and illustrator. (IRN102, $18.00)

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