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Iranian Studies


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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 history, culture, and literature. The 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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Iranian National Cinema: The Interaction of Policy, Genre, Funding and Reception

Iranian National Cinema: The Interaction of Policy, Genre, Funding and Reception

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Anne Demy-Geroe
January 31, 2020

This book examines transformations in the production and domestic and international reception of Iranian cinema between 2000 and 2013 through the intersection of the political markers – the presidential terms of Reformist president Mohammad Khatami and his successor, the conservative Mahmoud...

Persian Calligraphy: A Corpus Study of Letterforms

Persian Calligraphy: A Corpus Study of Letterforms

1st Edition

Mahdiyeh Meidani
September 19, 2019

This book is an exploratory adventure to defamiliarize calligraphy, especially Persian Nastaliq calligraphic letterforms, and to look beyond the tradition that has always considered calligraphy as pursuant to and subordinate to linguistic practices. Calligraphy can be considered a visual...

Iran and Palestine: Past, Present, Future

Iran and Palestine: Past, Present, Future

1st Edition

Seyed Ali Alavi
July 15, 2019

Examining the nature of relations between Iran and Palestine, this book investigates the relationship between state and authorities in the Middle East. Analysing the connections of the Iranian revolutionary movements, both the Left and the Islamic camps’ perspectives are scrutinized. To provide a...

Rival Conceptions of Freedom in Modern Iran: An Intellectual History of the Constitutional Revolution

Rival Conceptions of Freedom in Modern Iran: An Intellectual History of the Constitutional Revolution

1st Edition

Ahmad Hashemi
January 03, 2019

Rival Conceptions of Freedom in Modern Iran is an original historiographic examination of the idea of freedom in early modern Iran within a larger context of the formation of modern Muslim thought. The study develops an appropriate method for the historiography of ideas by taking into consideration...

Persian Literature and Modernity: Production and Reception

Persian Literature and Modernity: Production and Reception

1st Edition

Hamid Rezaei Yazdi, Arshavez Mozafari
December 11, 2018

Persian Literature and Modernity recasts the history of modern literature in Iran by elucidating the bonds between the classical tradition and modernity and exploring textual, generic and discursive formations through heterodoxical investigations. This is first done through the rehabilitation of...

Iranian Music and Popular Entertainment: From Motrebi to Losanjelesi and Beyond

Iranian Music and Popular Entertainment: From Motrebi to Losanjelesi and Beyond

1st Edition

GJ Breyley, Sasan Fatemi
April 13, 2018

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...

Iran and Russian Imperialism: The Ideal Anarchists, 1800-1914

Iran and Russian Imperialism: The Ideal Anarchists, 1800-1914

1st Edition

Moritz Deutschmann
January 24, 2018

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...

The Historiography of Persian Architecture

The Historiography of Persian Architecture

1st Edition

Mohammad Gharipour
December 15, 2017

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...

Gender and Dance in Modern Iran: Biopolitics on stage

Gender and Dance in Modern Iran: Biopolitics on stage

1st Edition

Ida Meftahi
December 13, 2017

 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...

The Development of the Babi/Baha'i Communities: Exploring Baron Rosen's Archives

The Development of the Babi/Baha'i Communities: Exploring Baron Rosen's Archives

1st Edition

Youli Ioannesyan
December 13, 2017

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...

Domesticity and Consumer Culture in Iran: Interior Revolutions of the Modern Era

Domesticity and Consumer Culture in Iran: Interior Revolutions of the Modern Era

1st Edition

Pamela Karimi
December 08, 2017

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...

Culture and Cultural Politics Under Reza Shah: The Pahlavi State, New Bourgeoisie and the Creation of a Modern Society in Iran

Culture and Cultural Politics Under Reza Shah: The Pahlavi State, New Bourgeoisie and the Creation of a Modern Society in Iran

1st Edition

Bianca Devos, Christoph Werner
December 08, 2017

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...

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