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Iran: Politics, History and Literature (Iranian Studies)by Homa. Katouzian
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This book offers a view of Iran from three different angles, all of which combine to represent the country 's inter-connected politics, history and literature. Chapters 1 and 4 describe in detail Iran 's short-term society. Chapters two and three, examine the political and intellectual lives of two of the most remarkable intellectuals-cum-politicians of the twentieth century.
Iran being a revolutionary society, it experienced two great revolutions within the short span of just seventy year, from 1900s to the 1970s. They were both massive revolts of the society against the state, the first one 's main objective being to establish lawful government to make modernisation possible, and the second, likewise to overthrow the absolute and arbitrary state, though this time mainly under the banner of religion and Marxism-Leninism and anti-Westernism. Neither of them succeeded in their lofty ideals for reasons that are explained and analysed in chapters 5-7.
Chapter eight is an overview of modern Persian literature, both poetry and prose .Chapters 9-12 follow closely, discussing the works of three of the most remarkable Persian poets and writers of the period. Chapter 13 looks at the entire nexus of classical Persian literature through the great variety of its form and substance, followed by chapter 14 which looks at neo-classical literary developments in the nineteenth century, thus - together with the previous chapters - covering the whole history of Persian literature. This is crowned by chapter 15, the love poetry of one of the greatest and arguably the most ardent lover of Persian poetry.
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