Iran, or Persia as it was formerly known, hasbeen of interest to outsiders for millennia. Fromthe Greco-Persian wars of antiquity, throughthe rise and flourishing of Islam, to the age ofEuropean imperialist expansion in the East, Iranhas been a central player in global history. Drawnby its strategic location along the Silk Road, ancient and distinctive culture and abundantnatural resources, foreign diplomats, traders andtravelers have been coming to Iran for centuries.The Islamic Revolution of 1979 and subsequentevents put a strain on Iran s relationship with theoutside world, particularlythe West, leading tosanctions and a decline intourism and trade. Yet early in 2016 the Lausanne Accordover Iran s nuclear program, and then nationalelections resulting in greater reformist representation in Iran sParliament have greatly increased the country s attractivenessto outsiders, with travelers and business people once moresetting their sights on Iran.The Guide offers visitors to Iran scholarly and readable introductions to: Zoroaster, Cyrus, Darius & Alexander Shi a Islam, religious art and architecture The complexities of Iran s fraughtrelationship with Israel Persepolis, Pasargdae, Esfahan & Shiraz Ferdowsi, Attar and Hafez Iranian film, food & music UNESCO World Heritage sites 464 pages, 133 color photos 17 easy-to-use maps"
Dr. Christoph Baumer. A Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland and of the Explorers Club, New York, has traveled extensively in Central Asia, China and Tibet.Helen Lovedayis a curator of the Baur Foundation Museum and is a senior lecturer at Geneva University.Fitzroy Morrisseyhas a BA in Arabic & Islamic Studies and an MPhil in IslamicStudies & History with Persian language from Oxford. A scholar of Islamicintellectual history, he is currently researching Sufi thought for his DPhil at Oxford.Bijan Omraniis a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and the Royal Geographical Society, and author of"Asia Overland," and co-author of "Afghanistan, A Companion and Guide," published by Odyssey Books & Maps.Bruce Wannellhas lived and travelled in Iran and Afghanistan for many years."