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About the Series

Since 1967 the International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS) has been a leading learned society for the advancement of new approaches in the study of Iranian society, history, culture, and literature. The new ISIS Iranian Studies series published by Routledge will provide a venue for the publication of original and innovative scholarly works in all areas of Iranian and Persianate Studies.

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Kirman and the Qajar Empire Local Dimensions of Modernity in Iran, 1794-1914

Kirman and the Qajar Empire: Local Dimensions of Modernity in Iran, 1794-1914

1st Edition

James M Gustafson
July 22, 2015

Despite its apparently peripheral location in the Qajar Empire, Kirman was frequently found at the centre of developments reshaping Iran in the 19th century. Over the Qajar period the region saw significant changes, as competition between Kirmani families rapidly developed commercial cotton and ...

The Daēva Cult in the Gāthās An Ideological Archaeology of Zoroastrianism

The Daēva Cult in the Gāthās: An Ideological Archaeology of Zoroastrianism

1st Edition

Amir Ahmadi
April 20, 2015

Addressing the question of the origins of the Zoroastrian religion, this book argues that the intransigent opposition to the cult of the daēvas, the ancient Indo-Iranian gods, is the root of the development of the two central doctrines of Zoroastrianism: cosmic dualism and eschatology (fate of the ...

Persian Language, Literature and Culture New Leaves, Fresh Looks

Persian Language, Literature and Culture: New Leaves, Fresh Looks

1st Edition

Kamran Talattof
March 17, 2015

Critical approaches to the study of topics related to Persian literature and Iranian culture have evolved in recent decades. The essays included in this volume collectively demonstrate the most recent creative approaches to the study of the Persian language, literature, and culture, and the way ...

Literary Subterfuge and Contemporary Persian Fiction Who Writes Iran?

Literary Subterfuge and Contemporary Persian Fiction: Who Writes Iran?

1st Edition

Mohammad Mehdi Khorrami
September 22, 2014

The main focus of Literary Subterfuge and Contemporary Persian Fiction is to identify components and elements which define Persian modernist fiction, placing an emphasis on literary concepts and devices which provide the dynamics of the evolutionary trajectory of this modernism.   The question of ‘...

Iranian-Russian Encounters Empires and Revolutions since 1800

Iranian-Russian Encounters: Empires and Revolutions since 1800

1st Edition

Stephanie Cronin
September 12, 2014

Over the past two hundred years, encounters between Iran and Russia have been both rich and complex. This book explores the myriad dimensions of the Iranian-Russian encounter during a dramatic period which saw both Iran and Russia subject to revolutionary upheavals and transformed from ...

Islamic Tolerance Amir Khusraw and Pluralism

Islamic Tolerance: Amir Khusraw and Pluralism

1st Edition

Alyssa Gabbay
August 15, 2014

Although pluralism and religious tolerance are most often associated today with Western Enlightenment thinkers, the roots of these ideologies stretch back to non-Western and premodern societies, including many under Muslim rule. This book explores the development of pluralism in Islam in South Asia...

City of Knowledge in Twentieth Century Iran Shiraz, History and Poetry

City of Knowledge in Twentieth Century Iran: Shiraz, History and Poetry

1st Edition

Setrag Manoukian
March 21, 2014

This book presents a cultural history of modern Iran from the point of view of Shiraz, a city famous for its poetry and its traditions of scholarship. Exploring the relationship among history, poetry and politics, the book analyses how Shiraz came to be defined as the country’s cultural capital, ...

Domestic Violence in Iran Women, Marriage and Islam

Domestic Violence in Iran: Women, Marriage and Islam

1st Edition

Zahra Tizro
March 10, 2014

This book offers a new methodological and theoretical approach to the highly sensitive and complicated issue of violence against women in contemporary Iran. Challenging the widespread notion that secularisation and modernisation are the keys to emancipating women, the author instead posits that ...

Gender in Contemporary Iran Pushing the Boundaries

Gender in Contemporary Iran: Pushing the Boundaries

1st Edition

Roksana Bahramitash, Eric Hooglund
March 10, 2014

This book examines gender and the dynamics of social change in contemporary Iran, documenting the changes in women’s lives and showing how women have now become agents of social change rather than victims. Bringing together the detailed primary research of a number of eminent scholars working in ...

New Perspectives on Safavid Iran Empire and Society

New Perspectives on Safavid Iran: Empire and Society

1st Edition

Colin P. Mitchell
March 10, 2014

Dedicated to the renowned Safavid historian Roger Savory, this book brings together a collection of studies on the Safavid state of Iran (1501-1722) from the perspectives of political, social, literary, and artistic history. Savory, a doyen of Safavid studies in the 1960s and 1970s, was ...

Continuity in Iranian Identity Resilience of a Cultural Heritage

Continuity in Iranian Identity: Resilience of a Cultural Heritage

1st Edition

Fereshteh Davaran
February 27, 2014

Despite changes in sovereignty and in religious thought, certain aspects of Iranian culture and identity have persisted since antiquity. Drawing on an exploration of history, religion and literature to define Iranian cultural identity and link the Persian past with more recent cultural and ...

Modern Persian Literature in Afghanistan Anomalous Visions of History and Form

Modern Persian Literature in Afghanistan: Anomalous Visions of History and Form

1st Edition

Wali Ahmadi
February 27, 2014

With the unleashing of the "War on Terror" in the aftermath of 9/11, Afghanistan has become prominent in the news. However, we need to appreciate that no substantive understanding of contemporary history, politics and society of this country can be achieved without a thorough analysis of the Afghan...

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