Iran Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Islamic Republic, 2 volume set




Author: Mehran Kamrava, Manochehr Dorraj
Type: eBook
Date Released: 2008
Format: pdf
Language: English
Page Count: 580
Isbn10 Code: 0313341613
Isbn13 Code: 9780313341618


From Editors Kamrava (Georgetown University–Qatar) and Dorraj (Texas Christian University) have written a general social encyclopedia of Iranian life after the revolution of 1978. They cover history, politics, society, economics, and culture in articles of three to eight pages. There are biographical articles on public Iranian figures, such as Shirin Ebadi, winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize, and Abolhassan Banisadr, the first president of Iran following the revolution. The tone of the book is balanced in covering important topics in Iranian culture, such as veiling. There are also articles on the many minority groups of Iran, from Kurds to the Qashqa’i, a Turkic-language ethnic group with a historically nomadic culture that lives in southwestern Iran. The editors do not hesitate to discuss the Iranian government’s persecution of minorities, particularly the religious minorities such as the Baha’i, Mandaeans, and Jews. It is illegal in Iran for religious minorities to hold government jobs or attend a university of any kind, and the articles reflect the difficult experiences some people face in the conservative religious society created after the revolution. A concise index is helpful in finding topics that may be otherwise difficult to locate, such as the brief discussion of Zoroastrians located in the article on religions. Each article provides a suggested reading list for further information. Overall, the encyclopedia is a comprehensive look at life in Iran today. Because Iran appears in the headlines of American newspapers on a regular basis, this will be a useful text for public and university libraries. Also available as an e-book. --Steve Stratton Book Description This outstanding encyclopedia offers urgently needed insight into the history, politics, economics, society, and culture of a major Islamic Middle Eastern hotspot.

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