The Iranian Revolution: Cause, Context, and Contemporary Relevance

Protests during the Iranian Revolution, 1978 represent broader struggles across the region between secular and Islamic models of governance playing out. Wikicommons The Iranian Revolution was a hard-fought battle for those in favor of the Islamist model of governance, inspiring similar movements that have had varying degrees of success across the region. By Dr. Mehmet Ozalp / 09.17.2018 Associate Professor in Islamic Studies[…]

Ornament in Contemporary Iranian Architecture

The Āmeri House is a historic house in Kashan, in Isfahan Province, in Iran / Photo by Mastafameraji, Wikimedia Commons Examining the status of ornamental practices in contemporary Iranian architecture.      By (left-to-right) Dr. Fatemeh Ahani, Dr. Iraj Etessam, and Dr. Seyed Gholamreza Islami / 12.28.2017 Ahani: Department of Art and Architecture, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University Etessam: Department[…]

‘An Inexperienced and Incompetent Chauffeur’: The British-Soviet Invasion of Iran

British supply convoy with Russian escorts in Iran, September 1941 / Public Domain At dawn on August 25, 1941, the people of Iran awoke to a full-scale invasion of their country by the combined forces of Britain and the Soviet Union. By Dr. Ursula Sims-Williams / 07.11.2018 Lead Curator, Persian Collections British Library At dawn[…]

Unearthed Mummy Recalls an Iran before the Ayatollahs

An Islamic revolution ran the shah out of Iran in 1979. Now, his father’s mummified body has resurfaced. AP Photo A mummy unearthed during construction in Iran may be the body of a former shah. For theIslamic regime, the discovery is an unwelcome reminder of Iran’s secular past. For protesters, it holds promise. By Dr. David J. Wasserstein / 05.04.2018 Professor of History and Jewish Studies Vanderbilt[…]

Sources for History and Epic in Ancient Iran

“Feridun Strikes Zahak With The Ox-Headed Mace,” watercolor on paper, Tabriz, Iran, circa 1525, from Firdawsi’s “Shahnameh” / Smithsonian Institution By Dr. M. Rahim Shayegan Professor, Amuzegar Chair in Iranian Director, Program of Iranian Studies University of California, Los Angeles Old Persian Epigraphy: The Bisotun Inscription Behistun (Bisotun) Inscription, describing conquests of Darius the Great[…]