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Iran has rarely been out of the headlines. Yet media interest and extensive coverage has tended to hinder rather than help our understanding of Iran as an idea, an identity, and a people, leading to a superficial understanding of what is a complex and nuanced political culture and civilization. This Very Short Introduction presents a radical reinterpretation of Iranian his Iran has rarely been out of the headlines. Yet media interest and extensive coverage has tended to hinder rather than help our understanding of Iran as an idea, an identity, and a people, leading to a superficial understanding of what is a complex and nuanced political culture and civilization. This Very Short Introduction presents a radical reinterpretation of Iranian history and politics, placing the Islamic Revolution in the context of a century of political change and social transformation. By considering the various factors that have contributed towards the construction of the idea of Iran and the complex identity of Iranians themselves, Ali Ansari steers a clear path towards a more realistic understanding for us all. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


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Iran has rarely been out of the headlines. Yet media interest and extensive coverage has tended to hinder rather than help our understanding of Iran as an idea, an identity, and a people, leading to a superficial understanding of what is a complex and nuanced political culture and civilization. This Very Short Introduction presents a radical reinterpretation of Iranian his Iran has rarely been out of the headlines. Yet media interest and extensive coverage has tended to hinder rather than help our understanding of Iran as an idea, an identity, and a people, leading to a superficial understanding of what is a complex and nuanced political culture and civilization. This Very Short Introduction presents a radical reinterpretation of Iranian history and politics, placing the Islamic Revolution in the context of a century of political change and social transformation. By considering the various factors that have contributed towards the construction of the idea of Iran and the complex identity of Iranians themselves, Ali Ansari steers a clear path towards a more realistic understanding for us all. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

30 review for Iran: A Very Short Introduction

  1. 4 out of 5

    Arash

    کتابی خواندنی است. با آن که درباره تاریخ گذشته و معاصر ایران بسیار خوانده ام ، این کتاب معرفی خلاصه برایم آموختنی های بسیاری داشت. فصل ارتباط تاریخ افسانه ای ایران (پیشدادی و کیانی) و تاریخ واقعی و تاثیر آنها بر درک امروز مردم از کشور را خیلی پسندیدم. نسل ما (دهه ی پنجاه) شاید اولین یا دومین نسلی بود که با تاریخ واقعی کشور در آموزش عمومی مواجه شده بود و حکایت پیشدادیان و کیانیان را به عنوان تاریخ نیاموخته بود. تئوریهای جالب دیگری هم دارد. اینکه شاید الفبای عربی زبان فارسی را آسان تر کرده و نه سخ کتابی خواندنی است. با آن که درباره تاریخ گذشته و معاصر ایران بسیار خوانده ام ، این کتاب معرفی خلاصه برایم آموختنی های بسیاری داشت. فصل ارتباط تاریخ افسانه ای ایران (پیشدادی و کیانی) و تاریخ واقعی و تاثیر آنها بر درک امروز مردم از کشور را خیلی پسندیدم. نسل ما (دهه ی پنجاه) شاید اولین یا دومین نسلی بود که با تاریخ واقعی کشور در آموزش عمومی مواجه شده بود و حکایت پیشدادیان و کیانیان را به عنوان تاریخ نیاموخته بود. تئوریهای جالب دیگری هم دارد. اینکه شاید الفبای عربی زبان فارسی را آسان تر کرده و نه سخت تر: و اینکه فارسی جدید (پس از فارسی میانه) در واقع نتیجه مثبتی پس از حمله اعراب بوده است. یا تعامل ایران و اروپا در ابتدای دوره ی صفویه را تعاملی دست بالا دانسته که در یکصد سال بعد (تا پایان صفویه) به تدریج وارونه شده است. و زبان فارسی نیز در آن دوران بیش از دوران پس از حمله ی اعراب آسیب دیده. تئوریهای مشهور دیگری را هم خیلی بهتر و جذاب توضیح داده است. این بسیاری دانشمندان "عرب" در واقع ایرانی بودند. و حتی دستور زبان اولیه ی عربی فصیح توسط ادیبان ایرانی تدوین شد. بحث انحطاط تدریجی پس از صفویان ، تاثیرهای شگرف و منفی حملات مغول و تیموری بر کشور و نظیر آن. فصلهای تاریخ معاصر هم خواندنی هستند و به نظرم عمق و تحلیل جدی ندارند و بیشتر دیدگاه نویسنده را بیان می کنند. در مجموع کتابی خیلی مفید تر از "ما چگونه ما شدیم" در نگاه تاریخی به شرایط کنونی است و از منفی نگریهای افراطی و به نظرم اسیب رسان کتابهایی نظیر "جامعه شناسی نخبه کشی" بدور مانده است.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    I couldn't get into this book. I wanted to get a good overview of Iran, which may have been there, but the way it was written was so hard for me to get into that I had to give up.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Pallas10

    Only recommended if you want to learn more of the pre-modern history of Iran. This book actually goes in a fair amount of detail regarding the bronze age and Iron age and follows up with present Iran's links with Islam. Modern history, which was my primary interest, is only dealt with briefly. 25% through I just skipped all previous mentioned chapters and went for the modern one immediatly which was, unsuprisingly, disappointing. A better name for this book would be 'Persia: A Very Short Introduc Only recommended if you want to learn more of the pre-modern history of Iran. This book actually goes in a fair amount of detail regarding the bronze age and Iron age and follows up with present Iran's links with Islam. Modern history, which was my primary interest, is only dealt with briefly. 25% through I just skipped all previous mentioned chapters and went for the modern one immediatly which was, unsuprisingly, disappointing. A better name for this book would be 'Persia: A Very Short Introduction': 85% was about Persia, 15% Iran. Did not like it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Pete

    Iran: A Very Short Introduction (2014) by Ali Ansari is a short introduction to the whole history of Iran. Ansari is a professor in Modern History at St Andrews University and he is also the founding director of the Institute for Iranian Studies. The book is great of the history of Iran up until about the seventeenth century and then the book takes an odd turn with Ansari inserting more references to how Iran see its history now. It reads oddly from there on and the modern history of Iran feels v Iran: A Very Short Introduction (2014) by Ali Ansari is a short introduction to the whole history of Iran. Ansari is a professor in Modern History at St Andrews University and he is also the founding director of the Institute for Iranian Studies. The book is great of the history of Iran up until about the seventeenth century and then the book takes an odd turn with Ansari inserting more references to how Iran see its history now. It reads oddly from there on and the modern history of Iran feels very rushed It seems that the book may have been substantially cut down from what the author intended and what remains feels almost like a collage. Short Introductions are often superb short books by mainly British academics. They are like an extended edition of In Our Time at their best. However, this one really doesn't work. It has made me want to read more about Iran, but also that the book was better edited.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jesse Richards

    This wasn't bad ... a bit hard to read and focused too much on ancient history and myth. Still, interesting to read about the Babi uprising from a different point of view.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Derek Henderson

    Horribly written and diffuse. Will look elsewhere for a useful introduction to Iran.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Emmapettitt

    Th usual good stuff from this fascinating series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dmitry

    An excellent introduction to Iran covering culture, history and politics. A light read too, with astute observations of Irans current self-assesment. I am following this directly with Empire of the Mind: A History of Iran. An excellent introduction to Iran covering culture, history and politics. A light read too, with astute observations of Irans current self-assesment. I am following this directly with Empire of the Mind: A History of Iran.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Vikas Datta

    A most timely, most engaging book about this vibrant and resilient civilization and peoples...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tony Warren

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  13. 4 out of 5

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  29. 5 out of 5

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