Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Promoting Cultural Understanding through Education & Communication
 
 
Ancient Iran from the Air (Zaberns Bildbande Archaologie) [Hardcover]
Author: Ali Mousavi, David Stronach
Date: 2012
Publisher: Philipp von Zabern Verlag, GmbH, 2012
Price: $ 60
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This book features many of the more exceptional landscapes and monuments of Iran as seen through the lens of the world's foremost aerial photographers, George Gerster. The photographs, which were taken between 1976 and 1978, are presented in six chapters, each authored by one or more scholars of international repute, and the work as a whole is edited by two of the main contributors, David Stronach and Ali Mousavi. Ancient Iran from the Air takes the reader on an aerial odyssey that explores the country's infinitely varied landscapes; many of the more noted sites associated with Iran's rich prehistoric past; the storied capitals of the Achaemenid and Sasanian empires; the memorable monuments of Saljuk and Safavid Isfahan; and, last but not least, on a journey that celebrates the age-old virtues of Iran's largely unsung vernacular mud-brick architecture.
The History of Beyhaqi:The History of Sulton Mas’ud of Ghazma 1030- 1041, Volume 11: Translation of years 424-432 A.H.(1032-1041A.D) and History of Khwarazm (Ilex) [ Hardcover ]
Author: Abul-FalBeyhaqi (Author) C.E Bosworth (Traslator) Mohsen Ashtiany
Date: 2011
Publisher: Center for Hellenic studies
Price: $ 39.59
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Abu'l-Fazl Beyhaqi, a secretary at the court of a number of Ghaznavid rulers in eastern Iran and Afghanistan in the early Middle Ages, is a most perceptive, as well as intriguing, commentator on the history of the Islamic Near East. The surviving volumes of his massive project, dealing in depth with the years 1030–1041, combine astute criticism and wry humor with an unobtrusive display of mastery of the learned literature of the time, both in Arabic and Persian. Through a skillful manipulation of different styles, and timely introduction of the authorial voice as a framing device to bring a sense of heightened drama, the historian comments on mankind's individual frailties and the many lost opportunities that hasten a mighty dynasty’s decline. Although there are already a number of articles and monographs in English and other Western languages on aspects of his style and historical approach, this is the first complete translation of the extant volumes with a detailed commentary.
A single roll of the dice: Obama’s diplomacy with Iran
Author: Trista Parsi
Date: 2012
Publisher: Yael University press
Price: $ 15.12
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Have the diplomatic efforts of the Obama administration toward Iran failed? Was the Bush administration's emphasis on military intervention, refusal to negotiate, and pursuit of regime change a better approach? How can the United States best address the ongoing turmoil in Tehran? This book provides a definitive and comprehensive analysis of the Obama administration's early diplomatic outreach to Iran and discusses the best way to move toward more positive relations between the two discordant states.

Trita Parsi, a Middle East foreign policy expert with extensive Capitol Hill and United Nations experience, interviewed 70 high-ranking officials from the U.S., Iran, Europe, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Brazil—including the top American and Iranian negotiators—for this book. Parsi uncovers the previously unknown story of American and Iranian negotiations during Obama's early years as president, the calculations behind the two nations' dealings, and the real reasons for their current stalemate. Contrary to prevailing opinion, Parsi contends that diplomacy has not been fully tried. For various reasons, Obama's diplomacy ended up being a single roll of the dice. It had to work either immediately—or not at all. Persistence and perseverance are keys to any negotiation. Neither Iran nor the U.S. had them in 2009.

Two Wings of the Nightingle: Persian Soul, Islamic Heart
Author: Jill worrall
Date: 2011
Publisher: Exisle publishing
Price: $ 9.99
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Iran is probably the most misunderstood country in the world, and its people are among the most feared. Award-winning travel writer Jill Worrall, with her friend Reza Mirkhalaf, a leading tour manager from Tehran, describe an Iran the world has forgotten about. Few people in the west know anything about the Iranian people beyond their current politics and religion. TWO WINGS OF A NIGHTINGALE uses the threads of Iran’s silk road heritage as a basis for a road trip travelogue. Many of the places visited have rarely been written about by westerners, and in writing this book Jill benefited from Reza’s expert knowledge on Iran’s history, religion, culture and architecture.

Having worked as a journalist for more than 20 years, Jill Worrall decided in 2004 to become a freelance writer specializing in travel writing. She has a special love for the Islamic world and anywhere out of the ordinary, and has visited and led tour parties to such countries as Bhutan, India, Uzbekistan, Libya, Syria and Jordan. She has visited Iran about six times, and to research this book she travelled over 8000km on one trip alone. She has won several awards for her travel writing.

The Cypress Tree
Author: Kamin Mohamadi
Date: 2011
Publisher: Bloomsbury UK
Price: $ 16.74
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Kamin Mohammadi was nine years old when her family fled Iran during the 1979 Revolution. Bewildered by the seismic changes in her homeland, she turned her back on the past and spent her teenage years trying to fit in with British attitudes to family, food and freedom. She was twenty-seven before she returned to Iran, drawn inexorably back by memories of her grandmother's house in Abadan, with its traditional inner courtyard, its noisy gatherings and its very walls steeped in history. The Cypress Tree is Kamin's account of her journey home, to rediscover her Iranian self and to discover for the first time the story of her family: a sprawling clan that sprang from humble roots to bloom during the affluent, Biba-clad 1960s, only to be shaken by the horrors of the Iran-Iraq War and the heartbreak of exile, and toughened by the struggle for democracy that continues today. This moving and passionate memoir is a love letter both to Kamin's extraordinary family and to Iran itself, an ancient country which has survived so much modern tumult but where joy and resilience will always triumph over despair.
Maman’s Homesick pie: A Persian Heart in American kitchen
Author: Dania Bijan
Date: 2011
Publisher: Algonguine Books
Price: $ 7.98
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For Donia Bijan’s family, food has been the language they use to tell their stories and to communicate their love. In 1978, when the Islamic revolution in Iran threatened their safety, they fled to California’s Bay Area, where the familiar flavors of Bijan’s mother’s cooking formed a bridge to the life they left behind. Now, through the prism of food, award-winning chef Donia Bijan unwinds her own story, finding that at the heart of it all is her mother, whose love and support enabled Bijan to realize her dreams. From the Persian world of her youth to the American life she embraced as a teenager to her years at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris (studying under the infamous Madame Brassart) to apprenticeships in France’s three-star kitchens and finally back to San Francisco, where she opened her own celebrated bistro, Bijan evokes a vibrant kaleidoscope of cultures and cuisines. And she shares thirty inspired recipes from her childhood (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 (Roast Duck Legs with Dates and Warm Lentil Salad and Rose Petal Ice Cream).
Iran at War : 1500-1988
Author: Kaveh Farrokh
Date: 2011
Publisher: Ospery Publishing
Price: $ 11.98
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"Farrokh’s incredibly detailed description of the Iran-Iraq war rivals any accounts of modern-day warfare history that this reviewer has lay witness to... The book is a must for the progression of modern day and historical Iranian scholasticism. At 480 pages, absorbing the book over time is best — a book that’s content contains such detail demands and deserves it." - Robert Terpstra, The Business Daily Egypt

Dr. Kaveh Farrokh was born in Athens, Greece, in 1962 and emigrated to Canada in 1983. Kaveh has collected data and primary sources on Sassanian cavalry for 18 years resulting in travels to locations such as Naghshe-Rustam (Iran). He has given lectures and seminars in the University of British Columbia and the Knowledge Network Television Program of British Columbia and has written articles for various journals. Kaveh obtained his PhD in 2001 from the University of British Columbia where he specialized in the acquisition of Persian languages. He is currently a learning and career specialist in Langara College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He acted as a historical advisor on the film Cyrus the Great, and has appeared on the History Channel documentary as an expert on the Persian Empire.

Shahnameh: The Persian Books of kings
Author: Elizabeth Laird, Illustrated By, Shirin Adle
Date: 2012
Publisher: Janetta Otter-Barrey Books at Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
Price: $ 16.49
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This ancient Persian epic poem has never before been retold in the English language for children

The Shahnameh is a collection of stories and myths from ancient Iran, filled with kings, heroes, princesses, magical animals and demons. Written as an epic poem by the poet Ferdowsi in the 10th century, it is one of the great classics of Persian literature. The tales include the Simurgh, the giant bird who brings up an orphaned king in her nest on a craggy rock, wicked King Zahhak with his man-eating snakes, and above all the story of the great hero Rustam and his son Sohrab. Elizabeth Laird is passionate about bringing this great epic poem to the children of western cultures, as well as retelling it for Iranian children living in the West. Praise for Elizabeth Laird's retelling of Shahnameh: "Elizabeth Laird is a natural storyteller. She has kept a strong narrative thread throughout and the level of accuracy is remarkable.

Iran’s Epic and America’s Empire. A hands Book for generation in limbo
Author: Mahmoud Salar
Date: 2012
Publisher: Afshar Publishing
Price: $ 24.99
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The Shahnameh is Iran's national epic. It is a compendium of Iranian myths, legends, and history. Unlike other Indo-European epics, it is not about a war, like the Iliad, or an individual, like the Odyssey, Beowulf, or the Ramayana. The central character of the Shahnameh is Iran, which it glorifies both as subject and hero. Unlike other classical Indo-European epics, the Shahnameh is not in a dead language. It is intelligible to every speaker of Persian in Iran, Afghanistan, and Central Asia.

This book is addressed to Iranians who reside in the West. Following a brief survey of Iranian history from its beginning in the 7th century B.C. to Ferdowsi's time in the 11th century, Mahmoud Omidsalar provides a history of the poem and a biography of its author. Mahmoud Omidsalar obtained his Ph.D. in Persian Literature from the Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley, where he also studied Folklore under Alan Dundes. In addition to publishing many essays on Persian literature and folklore, he has also edited the 6th volume of the new critical edition of the Shahnameh, under the general editorship of Professors Khaleghi-Motlagh and Ehsan Yarshater. He has served on the editorial board of the Encyclopedia Iranica since 1990, and was appointed to the Supreme Council of the Center for the Great Islamic Encyclopedia (Tehran) in 2006. In 2004, the first volume of his collected English and Persian papers received the book of the year award of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance in Iran.

Iranian Writers Uncensored: Freedom ,Democracy, and The world in contemporary Iran
Author: Shiva Rahbaran, Nilou Mobasser
Date: 2012
Publisher: Dalkey Archives Press;
Price: $ 11.95
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The following interviews testify how boldly and consistently writers and poets have been facing post-revolutionary circumstances in the past three decades. They talk freely about their untiring hope and endeavor to create "pockets of freedom" in a society where the rulers regularly and brutally stifle any move that questions their legitimacy. They provide insights into their daily struggles to fend off the censorship imposed on every form of artistic expression. Their testimonies show that the regime is engaged in a hopeless fight to reverse the clock in Iran and to throw a widely literate, globally networked civil society into darkness. In doing so, they risk broken pens and, more often than not, broken lives. However, they believe that literature is worth the risk, as literature is their means to restore their humanity and dignity. In this sense, contemporary literature is still very political and socially conscious-even (or maybe especially) in its silence. Thus, now more than ever, writers and poets in Iran have become public figures of resistance.

Iran the Green Movement and the USA: The Fox and the paradox
Author: Hamid Dabashi
Date: November 23, 2010
Publisher: Zed Books
Price: $ 116.95
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Iran, the Green Movement and the US presents the dilemma that the West faces in dealing with the Islamic Republic of Iran and their nuclear armament, and how the unfolding civil rights movement in Iran (the Green Movement) will be affected by this interaction. Expert Iranian author Hamid Dabashi argues that if Obama negotiates with Ahmadinejad, he will further strengthen the IRI regionally and legitimize Ahmadinejad's otherwise troubled presidency internationally; and if he were not to do so and opt for further economic sanctions and/or military strikes he will paradoxically strengthen the IRI regionally and altogether destroy the domestic opposition and the budding Green Movement. This elegantly written book presents an Iran weak in domestic affairs, but strong in regional geopolitics. This timely book provides the reader with dynamic picture of the region, and a purposeful analytic of how to understand and deal with it. Featuring a short history of how the US and Iran were placed in this confrontational positions and what are their respective allies in the region.
Iran and the world in the safavid age (International library of Iranian Studies)
Author: Willem Floor (editor) Edmond Hrzzig
Date: December, 21 , 2010
Publisher: I B, Tauris
Price: $ 79.95
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The Safavid era is of special significance in the history of Iran. Under the Safavids -- between the sixteenth and the mid-eighteenth century -- Iran was transformed and a state emerged which was the forerunner of the Iran of today in several important ways. The age is known for its wealth of contributions to Persian culture and to the arts of the Islamic world, its robust military encounters with its Ottoman and Mughal neighbours and growing contacts with Western Europe. But little is known about the social, cultural, commercial and diplomatic relations of the Safavids with the rest of the world. Iran and the World in the Safavid Age presents the most recent research into Safavid Iran's foreign relations. It challenges the long-held notion that, with the adoption of Shi’ism, Iranians retreated into relative isolation, suggesting rather that they engaged with the world in unprecedented and exciting ways. With contributions from the leading authorities in the field, Iran and the World in the Safavid Age explore Iran’s relations with other countries and cultures. Examining how Iran was itself perceived as well as how it viewed the outside world this ground-breaking book sheds new light on the history of Iran's relations with the world beyond its borders and expands our understanding of this pivotal period.
Boligistan: The internet and Politics in Iran
Author: A.sreberny G.Khiabany
Date: December 21, 2010
Publisher: I B, Tauris
Price: $ 27.50
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The Islamic Republic of Iran - of all places - has become a hub of cyber activity. It has an estimated 700,000 bloggers. The Internet is celebrated as an agent of social change in countries like Iran, where censorship is prevalent, but most literature on the subject has struggled to grasp what this new phenomenon actually means. In what ways does the Internet function differently to print culture? Are we seeing the construction of a new kind of public sphere? Will the Iranian blogosphere create a culture of dissidence, which eventually overpowers the Islamist regime? In this groundbreaking work, the authors give a flavour of contemporary Internet culture in Iran, and analyse how this new form of communication is affecting the social and political life of the country. Although they warn against stereotyping bloggers as dissidents, they argue that the Internet is changing things there, in ways which neither the government nor the democracy movement could have anticipated. 'Blogistan' offers a new reading of Iranian politics, and a new conceptual framework for understanding the politics of the Internet, with major implications for China, the wider Middle East and beyond.
Iran
Author: Richard Dalton (Christopher de Bellaque)
Date: February 1, 2011
Publisher: Stacey international
Price: $ 35.00
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Iran, land of the Persians, is the site of one of the greatest civilizations on Earth. Its complex history and often fraught relations with the West have led to a long-established misreading by outsiders of the country and its people. Written by a team of international experts, 'Iran' offers an unprecedented, comprehensive overview of this wondrous country: her roots and cultures; her people and lands; customs and faiths; political forces and international relations. Illustrated with extensive archive and commissioned material, and with rarely published maps, 'Iran' is set to become the recognized reference work to this important and inscrutable country.
An American in Persia: A pilgrimage to Iran
Author: Richard A Kauffman ( Author) Arli Klasser
Date: March 15, 2010
Publisher: Cascadia publishing House
Price: $ 12.95
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Kauffman tells stories of his encounters with Iranians, their culture, and their politics, to give witness to ways walls can break down when the stories, culture, and history of others are attended to. "Americans aren't supposed to talk to Iranians. Thank God Richard Kauffman is a Mennonite and thus open to God turning enemies into friends. This book had me transfixed-and deepened the mystery of the meaning of words like American, Iranian, and ultimately, Christian," notes Jason Byassee, Executive Director, Leadership Education, Duke Divinity. Meanwhile David Cortright, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame, believes that "Kauffman offers a rare and penetrating portrait of an ancient and proud land, and a people who are surprisingly friendly toward Americans. The book features gorgeous photographs that capture the dignity and grace of ordinary Iranians and depict the beauty of an unknown country. A must for all who want to build understanding and friendship with people our government would have us consider enemies." Laurie Blanton Pierce, Author, What Is Iran, sees the book as "much more than a travelogue. The story of his visit to Iran is interspersed with helpful background information on the country's history and culture. He examines controversial issues with thoughtfulness and an open mind."
The Secret Message:
Author: Mina Javaherbin, (Illustrated) by Bruce Whatley
Date: October 26, 2010
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Price: $ 16.99
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All day the bird sang of longing. But the merchant would not let him go…
 
Alone, imprisoned in a golden cage, and far from the jungles of home, a parrot longs for freedom. Will he ever escape?
 
Thanks to a secret mesage passed along by his friends in India, the parrot outwits his wealthy owner and soars to freedom.
 
Based on an ancient Persian poem, The Secret Message is a story of surprising cleverness, powerful solidarity, exotic travels, and a simple wish fulfilled.
 
This enchanting tale, told with subtle humor and vibrant images, is a perfect introduction to the culture, literature, and history of the Middle East.
Iranian Textiles
Author: Jennifer Wearder (Author) Patricia L. Baker
Date: October 1, 2010
Publisher: V&A Publishing
Price: $ 55.00
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Sumptuous Iranian textiles from the V&A’s unrivalled collection are displayed in this beautiful book. A new title in a successful series, Iranian Textiles presents more than 200 examples produced during the first half of the 19th century, with close-up photographs that reveal the unique woven, printed, and embroidered designs.
 
Jennifer Wearden is former senior curator of textiles at the V&A. She continues to work with the museum’s collections and is an honorary research fellow.
 
Patricia L. Baker (1942–2008) was a lecturer, consultant, and author specializing in the study of Islamic textiles and glass.
Forugh Farrokhzad,Poet of Modern Iran : Iconic Woman and feminine pioneer of New Persian Poetry.
Author: Dominic parviz Brook Shaw (Editor) Nasrin Rahiieh
Date: December 21, 2010
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
Price: $ 96.00
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The pioneering Iranian poet and filmmaker Forugh Farrokhzad was an iconic figure in her own day and has come to represent the spirit of revolt against patriarchal and cultural norms in 1960s Iran. Four decades after her tragic death at the age of 32, Forugh Farrokhzad, Poet of Modern Iran brings her ground-breaking work into new focus.
 
During her lifetime Farrokhzad embodied the vexed predicament of the contemporary Iranian woman, at once subjected to long-held traditional practices and influenced by newly introduced modern social sensibilities. Highlighting her literary and cinematic innovation, this volume examines the unique place Farrokhzad occupies in Iran, both among modern Persian poets in general and as an Iranian woman writer in particular. The authors also explore Farrokhzad's appeal outside Iran in the Iranian diasporic imagination and through the numerous translations of her poetry into English. It is a fitting and authoritative tribute to the work of a remarkable woman which will introduce and explain her legacy for a 21st-century audience.
Iran’s Constitutional Revolution
Author: H . E. Chlhabi and Venessa Martin
Date: August 3, 2010
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
Price: $ 99.00
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Born out of a fundamental tension between the old-fashioned and inadequate Qajar monarchy of Mozaffar al-Din Shah and Mohammad Ali Shah, and new reformist democratic ideals, the Iranian Constitutional Revolution of 1906 represents a pivotal moment in the formation of modern Iran. The collapse of the state through financial indigence and foreign pressure -- which in the end also consumed the new regime -- created a vacuum, which became the subject of many different visions. These included the anti-constitutionalist arguments of Fazlollah Nuri; the moderate Shi'i vision of Tabatabai'I; the more gradualist secular approach of bureaucrats such as Sani-e Dowleh and Nasser Al-Molk; the various radical visions of Taqizadeh and Sattar Khan, as well as the Bakhtiaris. What were the reformists’ various aims and how much did they accomplish in the years before Reza Shah seized power? How do events in Iran compare with similar uprisings in other parts of the world? And what role does the Constitutional Revolution continue to play in defining Iranian self-identity?
Oral Literature of Iranian Languages
Author: Philip G.Kreynbroek and Ulrich Marzolph
Date: Augest 31,2010
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
Price: $ 95.00
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Persian literature is the jewel in the crown of Persian culture. It has profoundly influenced the literatures of Ottoman Turkey, Muslim India and Turkic Central Asia. It has been a source of inspiration for Goethe, Emerson, Matthew Arnold and Jorge Luis Borges among others and praised by William Jones, Tagore, E. M. Forster and many more. Yet although in the past few years the poems of Rumi have attracted the kind of popular attention enjoyed by Omar Khayyam in the 19th century, Persian literature has never received the attention it truly deserves.
 
A History of Persian Literature answers this need and offers a new, comprehensive and detailed history of its subject. This 18-volume, authoritative survey reflects the stature and significance of Persian literature as the single most important accomplishment of the Iranian experience. Prominent scholars in the field bring a fresh critical approach to bear on this important topic and each volume includes representative samples of this literature.
 
The main object of this companion volume is to provide an overview of the most important extant literary sources in Iranian Languages other than Persian – the Kurdish, Pashto, Balochi and Ossetic languages which not only have a rich tradition of their own but have also exerted such a powerful influence on the language of the great Persian poets. It also explores the rich vein of oral traditions in the Persian literature of Iran and Tajikistan and will be an indispensable source for the literary traditions of non-Persian languages of Iranian roots as well as an invaluable guide to the subject.
Iran’s Influence:
Author: Elaheh Rostami- Povey
Date: September, 28, 2010
Publisher: Zed Books
Price: $ 34.95
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This is a sharp, judicious, caring, and competent scholar activist who has consistently crossed borders to carve new territories of perception and responsibility.' - Hamid Dabash, Columbia University, New York 'As the crisis between Iran and the USA intensifies, Elaheh Rostami Povey's new book makes essential reading. Its vivid accounts of the Islamic republic's relations with key countries across the Middle East offers us the chance to understand the region in a new way. In contrast to the crude caricatures in the Western media, Rostami Povey shows us, in all it complex reality, how the people of Iran and the Arab world themselves understand and make sense of their own situation.' - Dr Stephanie Cronin, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford 'Elaheh Rostami-Povey 's well researched and powerfully argued study is an insightful exploration of sensitive issues - ones that we usually only encounter in media sound bites. This work challenges much of the current discourse on the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Western media. It places evolving Iranian foreign and regional policies since 1979 in their proper historical and intellectual context. It combines new scholarship on the popular perception in the Arab street of Iran's foreign policies with an engaging style and makes an important contribution to our knowledge on regional dimensions of the Palestine-Israel conflict.'
The Persian: Ancient Mediaeval and Modern Iran
Author: Homa Katouzian
Date: December 15,2009
Publisher: Yale University press
Price: $ 39.00
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Writing from an Iranian rather than a European perspective, Katuozian integrates the significant cultural and literary History of Iran with its political and social history. some of the greatest poets of human history wrote in Persian-among them Rumi,Omar Khayyam, and Saadi- Katuozian discusses And occasionally quotes their work in his thoughtful analysis of Iranian society, Katouzian argues that the absolute and arbitrary power traditionally enjoyed by Persian/Iranian rules has resulted in an unstable society where fear and short- term Thinking dominates. A magisterial history, this book also serves as an excellent background to the role of Iran in the contemporary world.
My Dreams of Stars: from daughter of Iran to space pioneer
Author: Anousheh Ansari
Date: March 2, 2010
Publisher: Palgrave MCcmillan
Price: $ 16.50
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In her heart warming and empowering memoir, Anoushe tell the story of her childhood in Iran and her family’s exodus to America after the Islamic revolution. After settling down in Texas, Anousheh built a computer technology firm from the ground up, which eventually realized a net worth of $750 million and ultimately allowed her to achieve her child hood Dream of space flight.
Democracy in Modern Iran: Islam, Culture and Political Change
Author: Ali Mirsepassi
Date: May 24, 2010
Publisher: NYU Press
Price: $ 42.00
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Can Islamic societies embrace democracy? In Democracy in Modern Iran, Ali Mirsepassi maintains that is possible, Demonstrating that Islam is not inherently hostile to the idea of democracy. Rather he provides new perspective on how such political and social transformation could take place, arguing that to key to understanding the integration of Islam and democracy lies in concrete social institutions rather pre- conceived ideas, the every day experiences rather than abstract theories. Mirsepassi,an Iranian, provide a rare inside Look in to the country, offering a deep understanding of how Islamic countries like Iran and Iraq can and will embrace democracy.
The World of Achaemenied Persia: The diversity of Ancient Iran
Author: John Curtis –St. john Simpson
Date: May 11, 2010
Publisher: I.B Tauris
Price: $ 85.08
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Interest and fascination in Achaemenid in recent years. it is time for major new appraisal of the glorious civilization founded by Cyrus the Great and continued by his successors, The great king Darius1, Xerxes and Artaxrexes and Artexerxes 1 this volume offers precisely that: a sustain and comprehensive overview of the field of Achamenids studies by leading scholar and experts. It discusses all aspects of Achaemenid history and archaeology between 550 BCE and 330 BCE, and embraces the whole wast territory of the Persian empire from North Africa to India and from central Asia to the Persian Gulf. topics covered include aspects of Achemenid religion, administration, material, culture, ethnicity, gender and the survival of Achaemenid traditions.
RESET: Iran Turkey and Americas futures
Author: Stephen Kinzer
Date: June 8, 2010
Publisher: Times Books
Price: $ 15.60
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What can the Unite Stats do to help realize its dream of a peaceful, democratic Middle East? Stephen Kinzler offers a surprising answer in this paradigm-shifting book. Two countries in the region, he argues, are America’s logical partners in twenty-first century: Turkey and Iran. Kinzer’s provocative new view of the Middle East is the rare book that will richly entertain while moving a vital policy debate beyond the stale alternatives of the last fifty years.
Iranian Books Nominated for 2010 IBBY Honor Diploma
Author: Erfan Nazarahari,Ali Bouzari,Kayvan Abidi-Ashtiani
Date: Narch 2010
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Efran Nazarahi Has been nominated for writing I’m the 8th of the seven, Ali Bouzari for illustrating The Tailless Fox and Kayvan Abidi-Ashtiani for translating The Graveyard Book By Nail Richard Gaiman. Some164 books has been nominated for 2010 IBBY, which are set to be first displayed at the IBBY congress in Santiago de Comp Estela in September 2010. The International board on Books for young people(IBBY)is A non profit organization which represents an international Net work of people from all over the world who are committed to bringing books and children together.
Iran Books to Munich IINTL. Library
Author: Farideh Khalatbari,s Iron Shoes Illustrated by Farshid Shafiei, Fereidoun Amouzadeh-Khalili,s Crows Don,t Catch Bird flu Illustrated by Neda Azimi, Atosa Saleh,s I Miss you illustrated by hodda Haddadi and Mohamad- Reza Sham,s Lazy hero illustrated by Mahmoud Moktadri made on to the list this year
Date: April 2010
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Almost 10,000 Books for Children and young Adults are submitted to the Munich International Youth library each year, from which 250 are selected to be annotated in a catalogue and presented at Bologna’s international children’s Book Fair. The international youth library is the world’s largest library for international children’s and youth literature, which was founded in1949 by Jella Lepman
My Bird
Author: Fariba Vafi
Date: November 2009
Publisher: Syracuse University press
Price: $ 29.45
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In this powerful story of life, love and the demands of marriage and motherhood, Fariba Vafi gives readers a portrait of one woman’s struggle to adapt to the complexity of life in modern Iran. The narrator, a housewife and young mother living in a low-income neighborhood in Tehran, dwells upon her husband Amir’s desire to move to Canada. His peripatetic lifestyle underscores her sense of inertia. When he finally slips away, the young woman is forced to raise the children alone while caring for her ailing mother.
 
Vafi’s characters are emblematic of many women in Iran caught between tradition and modernity. Demystifying contemporary Iran by taking readers beyond the stereotypes and in to the lives of individuals, Vafi is one of the most important voices in Iranian literature. My Bird heralds her Eagerly anticipated introduction to an English- speaking Audience.
 
Syracuse University press
Life as a Visitor
Author: Angela M. Nazarian
Date: September 2009
Publisher: Assouline, France
Price: $ 24.95
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“I may be what you call a permanent tourist no longer living beneath the sky that I was born under, but always on a quest or a journey,” writes Angela Nazarian. As an eleven year-old Iranian Jew, she was forced by increasing violence from her childhood cocoon in Teheran. But this first journey would be prophetic, as travel has become for her not only a way of life, but a way of understanding.
 
Part memoir, part travel diary, Life as a Visitor presents two Interwoven narratives of her family’s harrowing escape from revolution-rocked Iran to the glitz and glamour of Beverly Hills, and of her own quest to understand both her past and present. Nazarian’s exploration of self masquerades as spectacular journeys through foreign lands, from wildebeest safaris to the gates of Petra, she takes in brutal poverty in Cambodia, exquisite beauty in Marbella, Spain, and one lonely tortoise in Galapagos Islands. Featuring an evocative selection of images, this multifaceted, impressionistic mix of prose and poetry is rich in observation and sensuous detail.
Contemporary Art in the Middle East
Author: Nat Muller
Date: June 2009
Publisher: Black Dog Publishing Ltd., London, United Kingdom
Price: $15.30
Comment:                
As the first book in new series called Art World, that considers under-exposed art scenes, Contemporary Art in The Middle East showcases the dynamic and provocative art coming out of the region, and aims to shatter common stereotypes and present a new way of looking at one of the most complex and misunderstood areas of the world. Artists from opposite ends of the spectrum come together in a vivid confrontation of diverse styles across boundaries; from the brash Pop Art of Shirin Aliabadi to the restrained calligraphic minimalism of Golnaz Fathi; from the provocative conceptualism of Mona Hatoum to the vibrant installations of Farhad Moshiri; from the slick beauty of Youssef Nabil to edgy realism of Afshin Dehkordi.
 
Contemporary Art in the Middle East intends to provide a new way of understanding the Middle East outside the headlines and through the engaging medium of art.
 
Editorial Reviews
Returning to Iran
Author: Sima Nahan
Date: 2009
Publisher: Urtext Media
Price: $15.30
Comment:                
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the revolution in Iran. This book is collection of articles written over more than twenty of those years, from 1986 to 2008. The author’s account of her travels, mostly to her native city of Tehran, reflect the complexities and contradictions that define Iranian life, culture, and politics. The articles depict the experience of the years since the revolution through the eyes of the people who have lived them. They offer glimpses in to many facets of Iranian society: survivors of war and terror, women, dissent, secular intelligentsia, underground culture, and Iranians in the Diaspora.
 
Editorial Reviews
My Prison My Home
Author: Haleh Esfandiari
Date: September 2009
Publisher: Harper Collins
Price: $ 25.99
Comment:                
December 30, 2006 was the night Esfandiari’s nightmare began. Traveling by car to the Teheran Airport, following a visit to her elderly mother, the director of Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., was robbed. The 67 year-old felt lucky not to have been injured in what she initially thought was simple snatching of her belongings, including her passport; a few friends warned her of more dire consequences. Esfandiari (Reconstructed Lives: Women and Iran Islamic Revolution) did not realize that upon returning to her childhood home she was entering a maelstrom—fueled by the long-standing animosity between Tehran and Washington. Esfandiari was interrogated for eight months, four of which were spent in solitary confinement in Evin Prison. Most disconcerting was the shattering of Esfandiari’s feelings for her native land: “I felt the country I had cherished all my life was no longer mine. I had loved Iran with a passion… yet these horrible people had made me feel alien in my own homeland.” In this engaging memoire, Esfandiari weaves together strands of her family and professional life, the problematic and complex history of American-Iranian relations, and reasoned eyewitness account of being as a political prisoner. From Publisher Weekly
Returning to Iran:
Author: Sima Nahan
Date: 2009
Publisher: Urtext
Price: $ 17
Comment:                
Thirty years after its revolution Iran continues to baffle the world As changes within Iran and improved relation with the west become distinct possibilities, the experiences of the years since the revolution gain in relevance and significance. Returning to Iran, published on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Iranian revolution, reflects on these years while placing them in a greater historical context.
 
Different Sames:  (Publication)
New Perspectives in Contemporary Iranian Art
Author: Hossein Amirsadeghi
Anthony Downey
Mark Irving
Hamid Keshmirshkan
Date: May- September 2009
Publisher: Special IHF Offer
Price:  
Comment:                
Long considered a bastion of creativity in the region, Iran is currently experiencing a remarkable artistic revival in the middle of most challenging of circumstances. Iranian artist- whether based inside or out side the country- are creating remarkable works that reflects there country’s social and political environment, while incorporating their own personal world views and those of their adapted homelands. Seen together, these works from a new and exciting movement that can only gain in importance in the coming years.
 
 
Sensory on Iranian love story
Author: Shahriar Mandanipour
Date: May- 5 - 2009
Publisher: Knopf
Price: $ 16.50
Comment:                
From one of Iran’s most acclaimed and controversial contemporary writers his first novel to appear in English- a dazzlingly inventive works of fiction that opens a revelatory window on to what it’s to live, to love, and to be an artist in today’s Iran.
 
Laced with surprisingly humor and irony. At once provocative and deeply moving, Censoring on Iranian love story take us unforgettably to the heart of one of the world’s most alluring yet least understood cultures It is an ingenious, wholly original novel a literary tour de force that is triumph of art and sprit.
 
Textile Imports in to Qajar Iran
Author: Willem Floor
Date: 2009
Publisher: Mazda
Price: $ 35
Comment:                
This study discusses the nature, Importance, and development of textile imports to Qajar Iran; the main exporting countries; the changes that occurred in the size and composition of those imports over time; and the kinds of textiles that were imported during the Qajar period as well as their uses. It further discusses the intense rivalry between great Britain (including India) and Russia to dominate Persian Textile market. As a result Of this competition, the Persian consumer was able to choose from cheaper and more varied assortments of fabrics.
 
Rumi and the Sufi Tradition:
Author: John A. Moyne
Date: 2009
Publisher: Mazda
Price: $ 12
Comment:                
This Book explores the concept of mystical  union and other major teachings of the great Iranian (Persian) mystic poet, Mowlana Jaladdin Mohamad, Known in the west as “Rumi.”is Written by a foremost authority on Mowlana Rumi. Unlike many recently published books on this subject, written primarily by those who do not even read or speak the Persian language and hence have had to rely upon a few available secondary and tertiary sources in English, Professor Moyne draws upon the works of Mowlana Rumi in the original language in which they were written.
 
At Home, and far from home:     
Author: Dick Davis
Date: 2009
Publisher: Mage
Price: $ 29.95
Comment:                
At Home, and far from home, his ninth book of poetry, focuses on Iran and how it stirs him. Some of the poems draw on his scholar’s knowledge of Persian history and culture to read in to long – ago lives and mind: poets, artists, adventures in others, he weaves a gossamer net to catch subtleties of love, grief, or spiritual yearning, in still others, he looks at himself as a traveler, translator, and for many years, an Englishman in a country often suspicious of West. Some times tone is witty, sometimes tender, but keen imagination and sharp intelligence are always in play as he explores the pull and aura of Iran.
 
The Rise and Fall of Nader Shah.
Author: William Floor
Date: 2009
Publisher: Mage
Price: $ 50
Comment:                
By many measure, Nader Shah- founder of the Afsharid dynasty – ranks as towering figure in Iranian history, rising from the humblest of origins, he became military commander of genius, restored an embattled Persia to Imperial greatness, and proceeded to wield the power of the throne with ruthlessness that approached derangement. Yet much about the man and his tumultuous times remains obscure. This book peers in to the shadows by drawing on unusual source materials- unpublished letters and reports written by the staff of the Dutch East India company, who watched in dismay as the Tyrant sacrificed the nation’s economic health (and Dutch hopes for trade) to feed his war machine.
 
Scholars and Humanists
Author: Iraj Afshar
Touraj Daryaee
Date: 2009
Publisher: Mazda
Price: $ 40
Comment:                
Scholars and Humanists contains a series of letters exchanged between the Iranian scholar and statesman, S. H. Taqizadeh, and the German Iranist W.B. Henning, between 1937 and1966, the letters contain a wealth of
information important to the history of Iranian studies in the twentieth century, specifically in relation to Manichaean studies, and old and Middle Persian p philosophy. Also important is insight provided regarding prominent figures involved in study of ancient Iran.

Furthermore, the letters demonstrate the contribution of Taqizadeh, who was also a senator and an ambassador, as a scholar who studied the development of calendars and Iranistics, and his attempt at promoting Iranian studies both in Iran and abroad. Henning’s letters demonstrate his uncanny erudition in the various aspects of ancient Iranian studies. This volume shows the mutual admiration and recognition of genius and
intimate local knowledge.
 
Tale from the Zir Zameen
Author: Brian Hansen Appleton Aka Rassol Aryadust
Date: February 4th, 2009
Publisher: Dorrance Publishing Co Inc
Price: $ 19.76
Comment:                
Tale from zirzameen reflects on Iranian culture and society as well as the American expatriate culture there is 1970s The short stories related how the author become assimilated there, and he shares his experiences leading up to the revolution and its after math despite circumstances under which he left the country- Including being taken hostage for a time the author celebrate the  hospitality and rich culture of Iranian people He was welcomed warmly in to their society and came to appreciate the sincerity kindness that characterized the people he met.
 
How to win a Cosmic War
Author: Reza Aslan
Date: April 21, 2009
Publisher: Random House
Price: $ 26
Comment:                
“Aslan makes the case that war on terror is an unwinnable one exactly because it’s a wrong war to fight, A war between religions, a battle between good and evil, “A cosmic war” fails to add the underlying social and political roots of conflict and terror, for people of faith and all those concerned with peace in our world, Aslan’s exacting prose and depth of discernment create an inciting and necessary read ”
 
 
Iran Today: Encyclopedia of life in the Islamic Republic (two Volumes)
Author: Mehran Kamrawa, Manocher Dorraj
Date: -
Publisher: All Green Wood Products
Price: $ 149.95
Comment:                
Iran Today: offers crucial insight for students and general reader in to an often miss understood and complex country  that is shrouded in mystery and misperception. Heir to a long history and great culture and civilization, Iran embodies a rich, complex, and divers mosaic that defines its national identity. Diversity is also the operative word that describes Iranian landscapes and geography, it’s multiple ethnic groups and their varied cultures and traditions,
 
 
Persian Art and Architecture The Colombia Encyclopedia, Sixth edition
Author: -
Date: 2008- retrieved February- 2009
Publisher: Colombia University press
Price: -
Comment:                
Persian Art and architecture works of art and structure produced in the region of  asia traditionally Known as Persia and now called Iran. Boundary by fierce mountains and deserts, the high plateau of Iran has seen the flow of many migrations and the development of many cultures, all of which have added distinctive features to the many styles of persian art in Teheran; the Metropolitan museum; the Museum fine Arts, Boston; and Victoria and Albert Museum.
 
 
Shakespeare, Persia, and the East”                                                   
Author: Cyrus Ghani                                                
Date: 2008
Publisher: Mage
Price: $ 30
Comment:                
No writer’s work has been studied more  closely or often than the plays of William Shakespeare, that master of language and peerless explorer of the human heart. books about him number in thou Yet Shakespeare, Persia and the East brings truly fresh perspective to his genius. In the three dozen plays he composed between 1520 a1612, Shakespeare ranged far and wide in his imagination, seting some of his tales in places as varied as Denmark, Venice and Athens- while drawing on a rich array of imagery and lore from lands further east. This remarkable book by life long student of Shakespeare Cyrus Ghani reveals how rich a source of inspiration those exotic Eastern realms were for the play write.
 
 
Labor industry in Iran 1850 – 1941
Author: William Floor
Date: 2009
Publisher: Mage
Price: $ 45
Comment:                
In the nineteenth century Iranian reformer wanted to create an independent modern state that could stand on its own feet, how ever constrained by foreign influence ignorance, and inexperienced their efforts at industrialization were on expensive failure, when a modernizing regime took over the country in 1925 it began the most  interesting examples of estate directed effort at economic organization in the Middle East. William Floor uses primary sources and documents, as well as statistics, to analyze the cast and benefits of Iran’s efforts toward industrial modernization from 1850 to 1941 this study is essential reading for any one interested in details of the economic history of Modern Iran.
 
 
Tales from the Thousand and One Nights
Author: Various
Date: 24 November 2008
Publisher: Penguin
Comment:                
One Thousand and One Nights is a collection of stories collected over many centuries by various authors, translators and scholars across the Middle East, North Africa and Indian subcontinent. These collections of tales trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Persian, Indian, Egyptian and Mesopotamian literature. In particular, many tales were originally folk stories from the Caliphate era and the Sassanid-era Pahlavi work Hazar Afsan. Though the oldest Arabic manuscript dates from the 14th century, scholarship generally dates the collection's genesis to around the 9th century.

What is common throughout all the editions of The Nights is the initial frame story of the ruler Shahryar and his wife Scheherazade and the framing device incorporated throughout the tales themselves. The stories proceed from this original tale; some are framed within other tales, while others begin and end of their own accord. Some editions contain only a few hundred nights, while others include 1001 or more "nights."
Harvard Iranian Oral History Collection
Author: Habib Ladjevardi
Date: 1995 - 2003
Publisher: Center for Middle Eastern Studies of Harvard University. distributed by: Ibex (IranBooks, Inc.)
Comment:                
"The Iranian Oral History Project was launched at Harvard's Center for Middle Eastern Studies in the fall of 1981. The project provides scholars studying the contemporary political history of Iran with primary source material consisting of personal accounts of individuals who either played major roles in important political events and decisions from the 1920s to the 1970s or witnessed these events from close range.

During the last nineteen years, the project has recorded the memoirs of 134 individuals (see Narrators and Interviews), comprising approximately 900 hours of tape and 18,000 pages of transcript at a cost of over $800,000. The project has been funded by a large number of supporters including the National Endowment for the Humanities ($300,000) and the Ford Foundation ($50,000).

The collection embodies the most comprehensive chronicle of eye-witness reports of modern Iran by some of the key figures who defined her history. Microfiche of the collection has been purchased by libraries of major universities in Canada, England, Germany, France, and the United States (see Libraries Holding the Collection). A more complete description of the project can be found in The Reference Guide to the Iranian Oral History Collection (see Publications).

In 2007, the Harvard College Library began expanding the online availability of IOHP interview transcripts and audio files. Enter New Harvard College Library IOHP website."
 
 
Persian ceramics from the collection of the Asian art museum
Author: Aime’e Froom
Date: November 15, 2008
Publisher: Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
Price: $ 25.00
Comment:                
The Asian Art Museums extraordinary collection of Persian ceramics has been one of the least known treasures. In this book, Aime’e Froom forme Hagop Kevorkian associate curator of islamic art, the Brooklyn Museum, New York and an international lecturer and consultant in islamic Art, provides the first detailed survey of the collection’s highlights. Section introductions summarize the history of Persian ceramics production and each object is illustrated –many with multiple views- and disgust in a separate entry, the result is an essential introduction to one of the world’s great tradition of ceramic artistry.
 
 
 
Things I have been Silent about
Author: Azar Nafisi
Date: December, 2008
Publisher: Random House
Price: $ 27.00
Comment:                
Azar Nafisi, author of the beloved international bestseller reading lolita In Tehran, now gives us stunning personal story of growing up in Iran, memories of her life lived in Tehran to a powerful and complex mother, against the back ground of countrie’s political revolution a girls’ pain over family secrets, a young women discovery of the power of sensuality in leterature; the price family pays for freedom in a country be set by political upheaval-  these and other threads are wave together in this beautiful memoire, as a transform the way we see the world and “remind us of why we read in the first place.
 
 
The Sasanian Era
Author: Curtis, Vesta Sarkhosh
Date: 2008
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillian
Price: $ 75.00
Comment:                
The latest volume in the idea of Iran series concentrates on the Sassanian period, engaging with all the major aspects of Sassanian Culture, twelve eminent scholars address subject which include; early Sassanian art and iconography; early Sassanian coinage; religion and identity in the Sassanian empire; later Sassanian orality and literacy; and state and society in late antique Iran. The volume in question arguably comprises the most complete and comprehensive treatment of Sassanian civilization yet to be published in England.
 
 
Sassanian Iran (224-651 CE)
Author: Tourage Daryaee
Date: Feburary. 17. 2009
Publisher: Mazda Publishers
Price:  
Comment:                
The Sassanians were the last of the ancient Persian dynesties, and the largest Empire to espouse Zoroastianism , before the encounter with Arabs swept away the pre-islamic institution. using new sources, Touraj Daryaee provides a portrait of the empire’s often neglected social history, exploring the development of political and administrative institutions from foundation by Ardashir 1 to the king, Yasdegerd 111, and the attempts for his descendants to re-establish a second state for almost a century later.
 
 
The Gulistan (Rose Garden) of Sa’di. English and Persian edition with vocabulary
Author: Wheeler M. Thackston
Date: 2008
Publisher: IBEX
Price: $ 60.00
Comment:                
This is the first complete English translation of the Gulistan in more than a century. Wheeler M. Thacson, professor of Persian at Harvard University, has faith fully translated Sa’di in to clear contemporary English. To help the student, the original Persian is presented facing the English translation a 3,600 word Persian English and Arabic-English glossary is included to aid with more difficult meanings. 
 
Ardeshire Mohasses: Art and Satire in Iran
Author: Shirin Neshat
Date: May, 2008
Publisher: Antique Collector’s Club Ltd, ltd
Price: $ 26.60
Comment:                
Shirin Neshat born march 26, 1957 in Qazvin Iran is a contemporary visual artist who lives in New York. She is known primarily for her work in film, video and photography.
 
 
Eminent Persians (BOX SET) (Hard cover)
Author: Abbas Milani
Date: December, 2008
Publisher: Syracuse University
Price: $ 44.95
Comment:                
The tow volumes are divided in to section on politics, economics, and culture, each accompanied by introductory essay that places the individual stories in their broader historical context. drown from interviews, extensie archival material, and private correspondence, eminent persians is the treasure trove of original documents, many appearing in print for the first time. detailed sketches of personalities add personal foibles offer compelling and highly readable account of this remarkable period of history on a humble scale.
 
 
 
Author: Najmieh Batmanglij
Date: February, 2008
Publisher: Mage
Price:  
Comment:                
Nowruz - the Persian New Year - is one of the world's great festivals, a full month of activities celebrating the earth, the arrival of spring, and the rebirth of nature. Most of all, it is a festival for families. Children and adults alike can share in preparing special meals, decorating the house, and performing the many ceremonies that welcome the New Year. This book is a guide to customs thousands of years old yet as vital as ever – enjoyable for families no matter where they live or what their beliefs. Happy Nowruz offers twenty-five fun, easy, and innovative Nowruz recipes, with lots of photos to show you what to do. Spiral-bound
 
Author: By Shams of Tabriz. Translated by, Refik Algan & Camille Helminski
Date: January, 2008
Publisher: Morning light Press
Price:  
Comment:                
Rumi's Sun collects many lessons and discourses from Shams of Tabriz, the Sufi mystic and spiritual master who was the catalyst for Rumi's awakening. His teachings and insights inspired much of Rumi's poetry and are still celebrated today by all Sufis. Translated by two noted students of Sufi, Shams' timeless teachings are presented here in their traditional order. Through the book, readers discover the teachings that made Rumi dance and gain access into Sufi traditions and the power of mystical love.
Paperback
 
Author: Firuza Abdullaeva and Charles Melville
Date: February, 2008
Publisher: Bodlerian library University of Oxford
Price:  
Comment:                
India has the Mahabharata, Greece has Homer's epic cycle, and the national history of Iran is chronicled in Firdausi's epic poem The Book of Kings, or Shahnama. This lavishly illustrated study explores the intricate complexity of this epic as it is beautifully rendered in a rare fifteenth-century reproduction.
 
 
The Adventures of Amir Hamza
Author: Galib Lakhnavi and Abdullah Bilgram. Translated by Musharraf Ali Farooqi
Date: October, 2007
Publisher: The Modern Library
Price:  
Comment:                
In the tradition of such beloved classics as The Thousand and One Nights and the Persian Shahnameh, here is the first unabridged English translation of a major Indo-Persian epic, The Adventures of Amir Hamza (Dastan-e Amir Hamza) - a panoramic tale of magic and passion, and a classic hero's odyssey that has captivated much of the world.