Archive For The “Books” Category

Republican Islam

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Republican Islam

Vahid Nick Pay – When the Islamic Republic of Iran launched its fully-articulated political agenda in the aftermath of the 1979 revolution, it merged the concept of political Islam with the previously secular readings of the republican doctrine of state. This book provides an analysis of the constitutional and institutional structure of public power in…

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The Septembers of Shiraz

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The Septembers of Shiraz

In the aftermath of the Iranian revolution, rare-gem dealer Isaac Amin is arrested, wrongly accused of being a spy. Terrified by his disappearance, his family must reconcile a new world of cruelty and chaos with the collapse of everything they have known. As Isaac navigates the terrors of prison, and his wife feverishly searches for…

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A History of Modern Iran

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A History of Modern Iran

In a reappraisal of Iran’s modern history, Ervand Abrahamian traces its traumatic journey across the twentieth century, through the discovery of oil, imperial interventions, the rule of the Pahlavis and, in 1979, revolution and the birth of the Islamic Republic. In the intervening years, the country has experienced a bitter war with Iraq, the transformation…

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Did Muhammad Exist? — The Fallout

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Did Muhammad Exist? — The Fallout

The following is the new introduction to Robert Spencer’s Did Muhammad Exist? — now out in paperback from ISI Books. In Did Muhammad Exist? Robert Spencer reminded us that it was time to get back to real scholarship unhampered by political correctness and the corruption of Saudi money. The reaction, however, was predictable. On the BBC’s Radio 1,…

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The Divan

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The Divan

This compact version of the Divan of Hafez is a facsimile illuminated manuscript, complete with beautiful Persian calligraphy and miniature illustrations. There are 43 ghazals, translated into English by classical scholar Gertrude Bell. It is a truly beautiful introduction not only to the works of this beloved Sufi mystic, but also to the artistry of…

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Sovereignty in Fragments: The Past, Present and Future of a Contested Concept

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Sovereignty in Fragments: The Past, Present and Future of a Contested Concept

The political make-up of the contemporary world changes with such rapidity that few attempts have been made to consider with adequate care, the nature and value of the concept of sovereignty. What exactly is meant when one speaks about the acquisition, preservation, infringement or loss of sovereignty? This book revisits the assumptions underlying the applications…

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A God Who Hates Women: A women’s Journey through oppression

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A God Who Hates Women: A women’s Journey through oppression

For a woman in a male-dominated society, ‘choice’ is an alien word. And inequality, violence, injustice, abuse, and discrimination a daily living reality. A God Who Hates Women is an emotional journey through a labyrinth of violence and civil war. It’s a journey through a battlefield riddled with archaic cultural demands and explosive emotions ….

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A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East

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A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East

The critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling account of how the modern Middle East came into being after World War I, and why it is in upheaval today In our time the Middle East has proven a battleground of rival religions, ideologies, nationalisms, and dynasties. All of these conflicts, including the hostilities between Arabs and…

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The Military in Post-Revolutionary Iran

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The Military in Post-Revolutionary Iran

Hesam Forozan Abstract: Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, also known as the ‘Sepah’, has wielded considerable and increasing power in Iran in recent decades. Established in 1979 by Ayatollah Khomeini as a paramilitary organisation charged with protecting the nascent Islamic regime and countering the untrustworthy Imperial army (or ‘Artesh’), the Sepah has evolved into one of…

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Revolutionary Iran: A History of the Islamic Republic

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Revolutionary Iran: A History of the Islamic Republic

Michael Axworthy abstract: Michael Axworthy’s Revolutionary Iran gives the definitive story of modern Iran, from the origins of the revolution of 1979 to today, seeking to explain its unique view of the world and the extraordinary durability of its regime. In contrast to the familiar image of a medieval throwback, he makes a convincing case…

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