Iranian Studies

Series Editors: Homa Katouzian, Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi

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.

  • Persian Authorship and Canonicity in Late Mughal Delhi

    Building an Ark

    By Prashant Keshavmurthy

    Writing in the eighteenth century, the Persian-language litterateurs of late Mughal Delhi were aware that they could no longer take for granted the relations of Persian with Islamic imperial power, relations that had enabled Persian literary life to flourish in India since the tenth century C.E.…

    Hardback – 2016-03-01 
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  • Gender and Dance in Modern Iran

    Biopolitics on stage

    By Ida Meftahi

     Gender and Dance in Modern Iran: Biopolitics on Stage investigates the ways dancing bodies have been providing evidence for competing representations of modernity, urbanism, and religiosity across the twentieth century. Focusing on the transformation of the staged dancing body, its space of…

    Hardback – 2016-02-05 
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  • Iran and Russian Imperialism

    The Ideal Anarchists, 1800-1914

    By Moritz Deutschmann

    Rather than a centralized state, Iran in the nineteenth century was a delicate balance between tribal groups, urban merchant communities, religious elites, and an autocratic monarchy. While Russia gained an increasingly dominant political role in Iran over the course of this century, Russian…

    Hardback – 2015-12-16 
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  • Iranian Music and Popular Entertainment

    From Motrebi to Losanjelesi and Beyond

    By GJ Breyley, Sasan Fatemi

    The word motreb finds its roots in the Arabic verb taraba, meaning ‘to make happy.’ Originally denoting all musicians in Iran, motrebi came to be associated, pejoratively, with the cheerful vulgarity of the lowbrow entertainer. In Iranian Music and Popular Entertainment, GJ Breyley and Sasan…

    Hardback – 2015-12-02 
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  • The Thousand and One Borders of Iran

    Travel and Identity

    By Fariba Adelkhah

    A country marked by controversy, Iran’s social, cultural and political dynamics are too often reduced to a few misleading clichés. Islamism is widely considered to shape all social relations in Iranian society and, while Iranian society is indeed Islamic, this term’s multiple meanings in everyday…

    Hardback – 2015-09-30 
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  • The Historiography of Persian Architecture

    Edited by Mohammad Gharipour

    Historiography is the study of the methodology of writing history, the development of the discipline of history, and the changing interpretations of historical events in the works of individual historians. Exploring the historiography of Persian art and architecture requires a closer look at a…

    Hardback – 2015-09-18 
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  • Iranian Culture

    Representation and Identity

    By Nasrin Rahimieh

    Throughout modern Iranian history, culture has served as a means of imposing unity and cohesion onto society. The Pahlavi monarchs used it to project an image of Iran as an ancient civilisation, re-emerging as an equal to Western nations, while the revolutionaries deployed it to remake the country…

    Hardback – 2015-09-09 
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  • Recasting Iranian Modernity

    International Relations and Social Change

    By Kamran Matin

    Critically deploying the idea of uneven and combined development this book provides a novel non-Eurocentric account of Iran’s experience of modernity and revolution. Recasting Iranian Modernity presents the argument that Eurocentrism can be decisively overcome through a social theory that has…

    Paperback – 2015-07-23
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  • Kirman and the Qajar Empire

    Local Dimensions of Modernity in Iran, 1794-1914

    By James M Gustafson

    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…

    Hardback – 2015-07-22
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  • The Revolutionary Guards in Iranian Politics

    Elites and Shifting Relations

    By Bayram Sinkaya

    The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has been dubbed the ‘kingmaker’ in recent studies of Iranian politics, precipitating heated debates surrounding the potential militarization of the Iranian regime and giving rise to paradoxical understandings of the IRGC; whether as a military…

    Hardback – 2015-07-06
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  • The Daeva Cult in the Gathas

    An Ideological Archaeology of Zoroastrianism

    By Amir Ahmadi

    Addressing the question of the origins of the Zoroastrian religion, this book argues that the intransigent opposition to the cult of the daevas, 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…

    Hardback – 2015-04-20
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  • Persian Language, Literature and Culture

    New Leaves, Fresh Looks

    Edited by Kamran Talattof

    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…

    Hardback – 2015-03-17
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  • Literary Subterfuge and Contemporary Persian Fiction

    Who Writes Iran?

    By Mohammad Mehdi Khorrami

    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 ‘…

    Hardback – 2014-09-22
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  • Nomads in Postrevolutionary Iran

    The Qashqa'i in an Era of Change

    By Lois Beck

    Examining the rapid transition in Iran from a modernizing, westernizing, secularizing monarchy (1941-79) to a hard-line, conservative, clergy-run Islamic republic (1979-), this book focuses on the ways this process has impacted the Qashqa’i—a rural, nomadic, tribally organized, Turkish-speaking,…

    Hardback – 2014-09-18
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  • Iranian-Russian Encounters

    Empires and Revolutions since 1800

    Edited by Stephanie Cronin

    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…

    Paperback – 2014-09-12
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  • Islamic Tolerance

    Amir Khusraw and Pluralism

    By Alyssa Gabbay

    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…

    Paperback – 2014-08-15
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  • City of Knowledge in Twentieth Century Iran

    Shiraz, History and Poetry

    By Setrag Manoukian

    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,…

    Paperback – 2014-03-21
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  • Domestic Violence in Iran

    Women, Marriage and Islam

    By Zahra Tizro

    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…

    Paperback – 2014-03-10
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  • New Perspectives on Safavid Iran

    Empire and Society

    Edited by Colin P. Mitchell

    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…

    Paperback – 2014-03-10
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  • Gender in Contemporary Iran

    Pushing the Boundaries

    Edited by Roksana Bahramitash, Eric Hooglund

    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…

    Paperback – 2014-03-10
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  • Modern Persian Literature in Afghanistan

    Anomalous Visions of History and Form

    By Wali Ahmadi

    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…

    Paperback – 2014-02-27
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  • Continuity in Iranian Identity

    Resilience of a Cultural Heritage

    By Fereshteh Davaran

    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…

    Paperback – 2014-02-27
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  • The Sih-Rozag in Zoroastrianism

    A Textual and Historico-Religious Analysis

    By Enrico Raffaelli

    Focusing on the Avestan and Pahlavi versions of the Sih-rozag, a text worshipping Zoroastrian divine entities, this book explores the spiritual principles and physical realities associated with them. Introducing the book is an overview of the structural, linguistic and historico-religious elements…

    Hardback – 2013-12-17
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  • Culture and Cultural Politics Under Reza Shah

    The Pahlavi State, New Bourgeoisie and the Creation of a Modern Society in Iran

    Edited by Bianca Devos, Christoph Werner

    Culture and Cultural Politics Under Reza Shah presents a collection of innovative research on the interaction of culture and politics accompanying the vigorous modernization programme of the first Pahlavi ruler. Examining a broad spectrum of this multifaceted interaction it makes an important…

    Hardback – 2013-08-16
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  • The Development of the Babi/Baha'i Communities

    Exploring Baron Rosen's Archives

    By Youli Ioannesyan

    Baron Rosen’s Babi/Baha’i archives presents private letters and diplomatic correspondence from the nineteenth century, preserved among the prominent Russian scholar Baron Victor Rosen’s materials in the Archive of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg branch. The materials cast light on…

    Hardback – 2013-04-16
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  • Domesticity and Consumer Culture in Iran

    Interior Revolutions of the Modern Era

    By Pamela Karimi

    Examining Iran’s recent history through the double lens of domesticity and consumer culture, Domesticity and Consumer Culture in Iran demonstrates that a significant component of the modernization process in Iran advanced beyond political and public spheres. On the cusp of Iran’s entry into…

    Hardback – 2013-01-31
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  • Iran

    Politics, History and Literature

    By Homa Katouzian

    This book offers a view of Iran through politics, history and literature, showing how the three angles combine. Iran, being a revolutionary society, experienced two great revolutions within the short span of just seventy years, from the 1900s to the 1970s. Both were massive revolts of the society…

    Paperback – 2012-12-14
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  • Social Movements in Iran

    Environmentalism and Civil Society

    By Simin Fadaee

    Despite the growing significance of social movements worldwide, scholarship on the subject remains largely Western in nature, with studies written primarily by Western scholars and based on the experiences of Western cultures and societies. This book makes an important contribution to the study of…

    Hardback – 2012-03-29
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  • Gnostic Apocalypse and Islam

    Qur'an, Exegesis, Messianism and the Literary Origins of the Babi Religion

    By Todd Lawson

    Of the several works on the rise and development of the Babi movement, especially those dealing with the life and work of its founder, Sayyid Ali Muhammad Shirazi, few deal directly with the compelling and complex web of mysticism, theology and philosophy found in his earliest compositions. This…

    Hardback – 2011-10-26
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  • Sadeq Hedayat

    His Work and his Wondrous World

    Edited by Homa Katouzian

    Featuring contributions from leading scholars of Iranian studies and / or comparative literature, this edited comprehensive and critical edited collection provides detailed scholarly analysis of Hedayat's life and work using a variety of methodological and conceptual approaches. Hedayat…

    Paperback – 2011-03-15
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  • Journalism in Iran

    From Mission to Profession

    By Hossein Shahidi

    Focusing on newspapers, radio and television, this book provides the first systematic investigation of the development of journalism in Iran following the 1979 Revolution and the establishment of the Islamic Revolution.…

    Paperback – 2010-02-04
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  • Media, Culture and Society in Iran

    Living with Globalization and the Islamic State

    Edited by Mehdi Semati

    By exploring topics such as the Internet, print press, advertising, satellite television, video, rock music, literature, cinema, gender, religious intellectuals, and secularism, this unique and wide-ranging volume explains Iran as a complex society that has successfully managed to negotiate and…

    Paperback – 2010-02-04
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  • The Politics of Iranian Cinema

    Film and Society in the Islamic Republic

    By Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad

    Iran has undergone considerable social upheaval since the revolution and this has been reflected in its cinema. Drawing on first-hand interviews and detailed ethnographic research, this book explores how cinema is engaged in the dynamics of social change in contemporary Iran. The …

    Paperback – 2009-11-12
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  • Iran in the 21st Century

    Politics, Economics & Conflict

    Edited by Homa Katouzian, Hossein Shahidi

    Iran is an ancient country, an oil-exporting economy and an Islamic Republic. It experienced two full-scale revolutions in the twentieth century, the latter of which had large and important regional and international consequences, including an eight-year war with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.…

    Paperback – 2007-10-11
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