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Iran: Nonfiction
The history and culture of Iran.
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Title: A History of Iran: Empire of the Mind
Author: Axworthy, Michael
Publisher: Basic Books (2008)
ISBN: 0465008887
Notes: A leading expert on Iran presents a comprehensive history of the country, from the Persian Empire to the Islamic Republic’s role in the Middle East.

 
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Title: Iran: A People Interrupted
Author: Dabashi, Hamid
Publisher: New Press (2007)
ISBN: 159558059X
Notes: Preeminent scholar Hamid Dabashi, a professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, traces Iran’s political and cultural history over the past two centuries

 
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Title: In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs: A Memoir of Iran
Author: de Bellaigue, Christopher
Publisher: Harper Collins (2005)
ISBN: 0066209803
Notes: In an exploration of post-revolutionary Iranian life, Christopher de Bellaigue presents the voices and memories of a “worn-out generation” of Iranians: traders, soldiers, film-makers, clerics, and more.

 
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Title: Persian Pilgrimages: Journeys Across Iran
Author: Molavi, Afshin
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co (2002)
ISBN: 0393051196
Notes: Afshin weaves the tale of nearly 3,000 years of Iranian history with real-life concerns of students of the right and left, bazaar merchants, feminists, government officials, and more.