Author: Nicholas HaggerPublisher: JaicoYear: 2009Language: EnglishPages: 261ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788179929605
The first book on Iran to combine travelogue with in-depth historical reflection.The Last Tourist in Iran looks at the cultural heritage and present nuclear crisis in Iran. A source of Western civilization, it may be destroyed by its main beneficiary. This tour of Iran explores the rich history of this pivotal country: the Achaemenians (Cyrus/Darius/Xerxes), the Sasanians, the Zoroastrian religion of 2,500 years ago; the Islamic period, the Safavids, and the Revolutions which dethroned the Shah and made Iran an Islamic Republic. The Islamic idea is caught by observations of the well of the Hidden Imam and of its expression through the architecture, tiles and calligraphy of historical mosques.
1. Behind the Negative Image2. In Early Iranian and revolutionary Tehran3. Among Pilgrim and Sufis in Shiraz4. Back with the Achaemenians, our Source5. In Desert Yazd, Among Zoroastrians6. Isfahan’s Safavid Beauty7. In Husaynieh and Nuclear Natanz8. With the Qajars in Desert Kashan9. The Holy Imams of Qom10. Among the Medes and Persians of Hamadan11. With the Shah and Khomeini in Tehran12. The Pattern in the Persian CarpetAppendix: Iranian DynastiesMap of Iran Showing Nicholas Hagger’s RouteMap of Shia PopulationsBibliography