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These resources provide general information about Iran.
Iran: a People Interrupted by
Call Number: Hillman DS316.3 .D33 2007
Iran's nuclear ambitions have thrust the country into the international spotlight, attracting media attention to a degree not seen since the late 1970s. Iran's population of 70 million people - a majority of it young and radicalized - sits atop one of the largest reserves of oil on the planet. A balanced understanding of this nation is vital to make sense of events unravelling in the region and this brilliant and lucid narrative, a full political and cultural history of Iran, fills a crucial gap in our knowledge.
These books, available in Hillman Library, provide background information about Iran.
Defining Iran: Politics of Resistance by
Call Number: Hillman DS274 .H65 2011
By deconstructing the intellectual roots and development of Iranian national identity, Shabnam Holliday advocates the need to study Iran's heritage and historical experience to understand key shifts and processes in contemporary Iranian politics. With a particular emphasis on Khatami's presidency, this study compares the meanings attached by significant members of the Iranian political elite to concepts including Iran's pre-Islamic heritage, Islamic heritage, civilization, 'democracy' and the 'West'. Furthermore, discourses of Iranian national identity exist not in isolation but rather as part of a continuous process construction and reconstruction in Iran's journey of political development; a process manifested so vividly in the revolution of 1979 and the fallout from the 2009 presidential election.
Contemporary Iran: Economy, Society, Politics by
Call Number: Hillman HN670.2.A8 C658 2009
Iran is a key player in some of the most crucial issues of our time. But because of its relative diplomatic isolation and the partisan nature of conflicting accounts voiced by different interest groups both inside and outside the country, there is a shortage of hard information about the scale and depth of social change in today's Iran. In this volume, and imposing roster of both internationally renowned Iranian scholars and rising young Iranian academics offer contributions--many based on recent fieldwork--on the nature and evolution of Iran's economy, significant aspects of Iran's changing society, and the dynamics of its domestic and international politics since the 1979 revolution, focusing particularly on the post-Khomeini period.
These blogs discuss day-to-day life in Iran.
Iran News Blog
This blog provides up-to-date information about Iran.
This blog contains numerous photographs of Iran as well as a blog about day-to-day life.