Iran: Persia : Ancient and Modern

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Odyssey, 2010 - Travel - 447 pages
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Iran, or Persia as it was formerly known, has been a melting pot of civilizationsfor centuries. The Islamic revolution in 1979 and the subsequent Iran-Iraq warreduced tourism to a trickle, but in the last decade the country's global significancewithin the modern world has resulted in increasing interest from travelers andbusiness people. This is an essential book both for visitors to Iran and for thosesimply with a thirst to learn about and understand this diverse and beautiful land.Travel facts and tips combine with chapters on each of the country's provinces andsections on Islamic art, architecture, and religion.

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About the author (2010)

Helen Loveday has a BA in Chinese and a PhD in Chinese archeology from Oxford University. Following time spent in Central Asia, she became attracted by Iran and began studying Farsi, the national language. She is interested in the Islamic architecture of ancient Persia and Sino-Iranian cultural exchanges. She currently lives in Geneva, Switzerland, where she is a curator of the Baur Collection museum.

Dr. Christoph Baumer studied philosophy, psychology and history of art at the University of Zurich and holds a doctorate. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) and of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland and of the Explorers Club, New York. Since 1971 he has travelled extensively in Central Asia, China and Tibet and publishes books and articles on themes relating to the history, archaeology and religions of these areas. In 2008 he published, Traces in the Desert. He lives in Switzerland.

Bruce Wannell read Modern European Languages at Oriel College Oxford, but latergrew interested in the Iranian and Islamic world, living and traveling in Iran andAfghanistan for several years. Aside from leading tour parties to India, Africa and the Middle East, he has worked as a translator and researcher for William Dalrymple, and also writes as an expert on Islamic Mysticism. He lives in York, England.

Bijan Omrani attended Lincoln College, Oxford. His first book, Ticking Tom and the Tornado, was published when he was 10 years old, which he followed with contributions to The Spectator as an undergraduate. His research interests include Euripides, mysticism, Henry Purcell and the history of the Afghan-Pakistan frontier. He is the author and editor of various works on Central Asia including Asia Overland: Tales of Travel on the Trans-Siberian and Silk Road (Odyssey Books & Guides), and also a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and the Royal Geographical Society. He teaches Classics at Westminster School.

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