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Iran and the surrounding world: interactions in culture and cultural politics
edited by Nikki R Keddie and Rudolph P Matthee
University of Washington Press, 2002
Paper: 978-0-295-98206-9 | eISBN: 978-0-295-80024-0

These essays examine Iran’s place in the world--its relations and cultural interactions with its immediate neighbors and with empires and superpowers from the beginning of the Safavid period in 1501 to the present day. The book provides important historical background on recent political and social developments in Iran and on its contemporary foreign relations. The topics explored include Iranian influence abroad on political organization, religion, literature, art, and diplomacy, as well as Iran's absorption of foreign influences in these areas. A special focus is the prevailing political culture of Iran throughout its early modern and contemporary periods.

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