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King of the Seven Climes: A History of the Ancient Iranian World (3000 BCE – 651 CE) front cover

King of the Seven Climes: A History of the Ancient Iranian World (3000 BCE – 651 CE)

The usual narrative of ancient Iranian civilizations begins with Cyrus the Great in 550 BC and proceeds through the Achaemenid and Arsacid periods to the Sasanians and Islam. The present volume tries to remedy this situation by considering the records of those earlier polities, as well as those whose powers extended beyond what we consider the “core” territories of Iran proper.

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The Parthian and Early Sasanian Empires: Adaptation and expansion front cover

The Parthian and Early Sasanian Empires: Adaptation and expansion

Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis (Editor); Elizabeth Pendleton (Editor); Michael Alram (Editor); Touraj Daryaee (Editor), British Institute of Persian Studies, Oxbow, Oxford, 2016.

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Excavating an Empire: Achaemenid Persia in Longue Duree front cover

Excavating an Empire: Achaemenid Persia in Longue Duree

Study of empires and imperial power within the context of world history is a relatively recent subject within a field which itself is quite young. With the ever present discussions on the issue of globalization and increased contact among modern nation-states, a need to understand the long term trends in human and material interaction, and the means of controlling them, is increasingly felt in academia.

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Cyrus the Great An Ancient Iranian King front cover

Cyrus the Great An Ancient Iranian King

Cyrus is among the most impressive characters in the ancient world. From the Old Testament to Xenophon’s Cyropaedia, ancient texts have made him to an example of tolerance and just kingship. Hailing from a small principality in southwest Iran, he rapidly rose to power, creating a world empire. The five articles included here, along with […]

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Iranian Kingship, The Arab Conquest and Zoroastrian Apocalypse: The History of Fars and Beyond in Late Antiquity (600 – 900 CE) front cover

Iranian Kingship, The Arab Conquest and Zoroastrian Apocalypse: The History of Fars and Beyond in Late Antiquity (600 – 900 CE)

Dr Touraj Daryaee visited the K R Cama Oriental Institute to deliver a series of three talks under the Government Research Fellowship Lectures in August 2010. This book consists of the contents of these lectures The King is Dead! Long Live Many Kings and Queens: The Sasanian Empire in Chaos This talk covered the late […]

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The Oxford Handbook of Iranian History front cover

The Oxford Handbook of Iranian History

Iranian history has long been a source of fascination for European and American observers. The country’s ancient past preoccupied nineteenth-century historians and archaeologists as they attempted to construct a unified understanding of the ancient world. Iran’s medieval history has likewise preoccupied scholars who have long recognized the Iranian plateau as a cultural crossroad of the […]

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On the Explanation of Chess and Backgammon (Persian Text Series of Late Antiquity, 1) front cover

On the Explanation of Chess and Backgammon (Persian Text Series of Late Antiquity, 1)

On the Explanation of Chess and Backgammon is a Middle Persian text concerned with the earliest story of the invention and rules of the games of chess and backgammon in the sixth century CE, during the rule of the great Sasanian king of kings, Khusro I (531-579 CE). These games along with polo and the hunt were part of princely or courtly education in ancient Iran which continued till the modern times. From Sasanian Iran these games made their way to Spain via the Muslims in the medieval period, and chess and backgammon have now become popular around the world.

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Iranians on the Silk Road front cover

Iranians on the Silk Road

The Iranian speaking people inhabited a large area which included a large swath of the Silk Road. Bactrians, Khwarzaminans, Sakas, Sogdians, Parthians and Persians were among the most important of these Iranians who traded and transported goods from China and India to the Eastern Mediterranean. They were also responsible for the spread of such religions as Zoroastrianism, Nestorian Christianity, Buddhism, Manichaeism and Islam throughout Asia. This book provides an overview of the Iranians and their contribution to the development of a vibrant trade and religious life in the first millennium BCE and the First Millennium CE.

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Scholars and Humanists: Iranian Studies in Henning and Teqizadeh Correspondence, 1937-1966 front cover

Scholars and Humanists: Iranian Studies in Henning and Teqizadeh Correspondence, 1937-1966

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 and 1966. 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 philology.

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

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.

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Sasanian Iran (224-651 CE): Portrait of a Late Antique Empire front cover

Sasanian Iran (224-651 CE): Portrait of a Late Antique Empire

The Sasanian era (224-651 CE) is an important period in the history of the Near East, the Caucuses and Central Asian history. Some of the basic institutions and ideas that developed in the ancient Near East passed to the Sasanian Iran and through the Sasanians it became the foundation of later Islamic civilization. Interestingly, the importance and contribution of Sasanian civilization to Near Eastern and Islamic history is underestimated and little attention is paid to it.

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World History: A Concise Thematic Analysis (Volume 1) front cover

World History: A Concise Thematic Analysis (Volume 1)

World History is one of the most difficult college-level courses to teach which involves the entire history of humanity. Much of the literature of world history emphasises the differences between regional cultures and local histories, leaving many instructors having to look elsewhere for the similarities that might hold together a global narrative. With decades of combined experience teaching world history, the authors have witnessed first hand the frustration many students experience.

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World History: A Concise Thematic Analysis (Volume 2) front cover

World History: A Concise Thematic Analysis (Volume 2)

World History is one of the most difficult college-level courses to teach which involves the entire history of humanity. Much of the literature of world history emphasises the differences between regional cultures and local histories, leaving many instructors having to look elsewhere for the similarities that might hold together a global narrative. With decades of combined experience teaching world history, the authors have witnessed first hand the frustration many students experience.

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تاریخ و فرهنگ ساسانی front cover
شاهنشاهی ساسانی front cover
سقوط ساسانیان: فاتحابن خارجی، مقاومت داخلی و تصویر پایان جهان front cover
Spirit of Wisdom – Essays in Memory of Ahmad Tafazzoli front cover

Spirit of Wisdom – Essays in Memory of Ahmad Tafazzoli

Ahmad Tafazzoli was a leading scholar of Iranian languages, whose untimely death in 1996 was a great loss for the scholarly community. This volume brings together 19 papers to honor his memory.

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Sahrestaniha I Eransahr: A Middle Persian Text on Late Antique Geography, Epic, and History front cover