Sasanian Persia: The Rise and Fall of an Empire

The Sasanians were the last of the ancient Persian dynasties, and the largest empire to espouse Zoroastrianism, before the encounter with the Arabs swept away the pre-Islamic institutions. 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 I to the last king, Yasdegerd III, and the attempts of his descendants to reestablish a second state for almost a century after.

The Sasanians were the last of the ancient Persian dynasties, and the largest empire to espouse Zoroastrianism, before the encounter with the Arabs swept away the pre-Islamic institutions. 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 I to the last king, Yasdegerd III, and the attempts of his descendants to reestablish a second state for almost a century after.

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"'Touraj Daryaee synthesizes a new generation of Sasanian scholarship to present the first single volume study of such important history. The author's erudition is very impressive and he masters complex sources with exemplary clarity.' Gene Garthwaite, Professor of History, Dartmouth College"

I.B.Tauris is pleased to announce that Sasanian Persia: The Rise and Fall of an Empire by Touraj Daryaee is one of three winners of this year's British-Kuwait Friendship Society Prize in Middle Eastern Studies. The prize is awarded by the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) and was announced at a ceremony on Monday. Declaring the book "a masterpiece" the judges of the prize commented that it is "a very fine book indeed" and "offers a timely counterpart to Eurocentricity which has distorted the study of antiquity...[in] an extremely erudite book...the author wears his learning lightly, showing an enviable ability to distinguish the wood from the trees and write in a reader friendly manner".

  • Sasanian Persia: The Rise and Fall of an Empire front cover

    Hardcover: 256 pages
    Publisher: I. B. Tauris (February 17, 2009)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 1850438986
    SBN-13: 978-1850438984

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