This volume is a fascinating portrait of a part of the world uneasily balanced between many loyalties – East and West, European and Arabic. The coronation of the Shah in 1967 marked the end of the need for foreign aid, and Iran emerged from her struggles to become the leading nation in the Middle East. Written before the crippling Iran-Iraq war broke out, this book looked forward to Iran’s great future, which, in the author’s opinion, could only be achieved if she broke with her traditions to form a new material and spiritual synthesis.
Table of Contents
Contents: Preface. 1. Deserts and Mirages 2. The Charisma of the King of Kings 3. Cultural Syncretism 4. The Flowering of Literature 5. Dualism in Faith 6. Half the World is Isfahan 7. The Overdeveloped Occident 8. The End of an Epoch 9. The New Iran Appendix I: Selected Figures in the Development of Iran II: Chronology of Important Events III: The National Dynasties of Iran. Bibliography. Index.
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