Iran: A Modern History

A masterpiece by Dr. Abbas Amanat

Article By Zinat Group

Abbas Amanat, William Graham Sumner Professor of History at Yale University and Director of the Program in Iranian Studies at the MacMillan Center, has taught and written about the early modern and modern history of Iran, the Muslim world, the Middle East, and the Persianate world for more than three decades. His principal book publications include Iran: A Modern History (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017); Az Tehran ta 'Akka: Babiyan va Baha'iyan dar Asnad-e Dowran-e Qajar (From Tehran to 'Akka: Babis and Baha'is in the Official Records of Qajar Iran, Copenhagen, and New Haven: Ashkaar Publishers, 2016); Apocalyptic Islam and Iranian Shi'ism (London and New York: I B Tauris, 2009); Pivot of the Universe: Nasir al-Din Shah Qajar and the Iranian Monarchy, 1831-1896 (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1997, paperback: London and New York: I B Tauris, 2008; Persian translation: Qebleh-e' Alam [Tehran: Nashr-e Karnameh, 2004]); Resurrection and Renewal: the Making of the Babi Movement in Iran, 1844-1850 (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1989; second ed. Los Angeles: Kalimat Press, 2005).

The modern history in our time consists of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Dr. Abbas Amanat has masterfully extended the contemporary history of Iran and covers from 1501 to 2009. Winner of the Outstanding Academic Title for 2018 Award. The book is 1008 pages. It was initially printed on October 24, 2017, by Yale University Press. The newly available copies were from the reprint on September 17, 2019. Amazon offers the book in Kindle, Audiobook, Hardcover, Paperback, and audio CD. Followed is what some of the reviewers have said about this book:

"The defiant spirit of the country is brought to life in this monumental history of the past 500 years."—Richard Spencer, The Times (London)

"Amanat's style of writing and his erudition in various aspects of Iranian history turns the book into a smooth, well‐crafted, and informative read."—Majid Motazer Mahdi, Reading Religion

"This sweeping but richly detailed text is an impressive treatment of the longue durée of Iranian history since 1501. Amanat interweaves narrative with stimulating analysis and commentary on culture, society, and politics in Iran with a skill based on deep scholarship and understanding. It is rare to find a book that will be important for both those new to Iranian studies and those already in the field: the former will find the book an invaluable starting point, and the latter will gain much from engaging with Amanat's creative and challenging insights and arguments."—Joanna de Groot, University of York  

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