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Axworthy, Michael

Overview
Works: 21 works in 111 publications in 7 languages and 5,009 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor
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Most widely held works by Michael Axworthy
A history of Iran : empire of the mind by Michael Axworthy( Book )

25 editions published between 2008 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,710 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the influence of Iran's history, both religious and political, on the Iranian national identity and discusses the role of literary, religious, intellectual, and cultural movements of the past on Iranian civilization today
Revolutionary Iran : a history of the Islamic republic by Michael Axworthy( Book )

23 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 951 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Revolutionary Iran, Michael Axworthy guides us through recent Iranian history from shortly before the 1979 Islamic revolution through the summer of 2009, when Iranians poured into the streets of Tehran by the hundreds of thousands, demanding free, democratic government. Axworthy explains how that outpouring of support for an end to tyranny in Iran paused and then moved on to other areas in the region like Egypt and Libya, leaving Iran's leadership unchanged. The Iranian Revolution of 1979 was a defining moment of the modern era. Its success unleashed a wave of Islamist fervor across the Middle East and signaled a sharp decline in the appeal of Western ideologies in the Islamic world. Axworthy takes readers through the major periods in Iranian history over the last thirty years: the overthrow of the old regime and the creation of the new one; the Iran-Iraq war; the reconstruction era following the war; the reformist wave led by Mohammed Khatami; and the present day, in which reactionaries have re-established control. Throughout, he emphasizes that the Iranian revolution was centrally important in modern history because it provided the world with a clear model of development that was not rooted in Western ideologies. Whereas the world's major revolutions of the previous two centuries had been fuelled by Western, secular ideologies, the Iranian Revolution drew its inspiration from Islam. Revolutionary Iran is both richly textured and from one of the leading authorities on the region; combining an expansive scope with the most accessible and definitive account of this epoch in all its humanity"--
The sword of Persia : Nader Shah, from tribal warrior to conquering tyrant by Michael Axworthy( Book )

20 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nader Shah, ruler of Persia from 1736 to 1747, embodied ruthless ambition, energy, military brilliance, cynicism and cruelty. His reign was filled with bloodshed, betrayal and horror. Yet Nader Shah is central to Iran's early modern history. From a shepherd boy he rose to liberate his country from foreign occupation, and make himself Shah. He took eighteenth-century Iran in a trajectory from political collapse and partition to become the dominant power in the region, briefly opening the prospect of a modernising state that could have resisted colonial intervention in Asia. He recovered all the territory lost by his predecessors, including Herat and Kandahar, and went on to conquer Moghul Delhi, plundering the enormous treasures of India. Nader commanded the most powerful military force in Asia, if not the world. He repeatedly defeated the armies of Ottoman Turkey, the preeminent State of Islam, overran most of what is now Iraq and threatened to take Baghdad on several occasions. But from the zenith of his success he declined into illness, insane avarice and horrific savagery, committing terrible atrocities against the Persian people, his friends, and even his family, until he finally died as violently as he had lived." "The Sword of Persia recreates the story of a remarkable, ruthless man, capable of both charm and brutality. It is a rich narrative, full of dramatic incident, including much new research into original Iranian and other material, which will prove indispensable to historians and students."--Jacket
Iran : what everyone needs to know by Michael Axworthy( Book )

6 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Since the beginning of recorded history, Iran/Persia has been one of the most important world civilizations. Iran remains a distinct civilization today despite its status as a major Islamic state with broad regional influence and its deep integration into the global economy through its vast energy reserves. Yet the close attention paid to Iran in recent decades stems from the impact of the 1979 revolution, which unleashed ideological shock waves throughout the Middle East that reverberate to this day. Many observers look at Iran through the prism of the Islamic Republic's adversarial relationship with the US, Israel, and Sunni nations in its region, yet as Michael Axworthy shows in Iran: What Everyone Needs to Know, there is much more to contemporary Iran than its fraught foreign relations. He begins with a concise account of Iranian history from ancient times to the late twentieth century and then follows that with sharp summaries of the key events since the 1979 revolution. The final section of the book focuses on Iran today--its culture, economy, politics, and people--and assesses the challenges that the nation will face in coming years. Iran will be an essential overview of a complex and important nation that has occupied world headlines for nearly four decades"--Provided by publisher
Iran : empire of the mind : a history from Zoroaster to the present day by Michael Axworthy( Book )

6 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Iran often appears in the media as a hostile and difficult country. But beneath the headlines there is a fascinating story of a nation of great intellectual variety and depth, and enormous cultural importance
Empire of the mind : a history of Iran by Michael Axworthy( Book )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Empire of the Mind tells the story of Iranian history from the earliest times up to the present day, from before the Achaemenids through to the Islamic Republic. It highlights the uniqueness of Iranian identity as one of the oldest continuing civilisations in the world. In doing so, as well as describing political events and covering military and dynastic matters, it emphasises the role of cultural, literary, religious and intellectual movements in Iran, and the leading personalities and ideas that shaped them, in order to demonstrate the way Iran has had an influence in the Middle East and Asia (and beyond) through the power of Persianate culture rather than through conventional political and military means - an Empire of the Mind at least as much as an Empire of the Sword. The book explains the origin of some of the paradoxes of Iran, that derive from Iran's complex history of Empires (Parthian, Sassanid, Abbasid, Safavid), foreign invasions (Alexandrian, Arab, Mongol) and religious revolutions, giving due attention to minorities like the Jews (who have been present in Iran since before the beginning of the earliest human empire), Kurds, Zoroastrians, Armenians and Azeris."--Jacket
Iran Weltreich des Geistes ; von Zoroaster bis heute by Michael Axworthy( Book )

6 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in German and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Breve storia dell'Iran : dalle origini ai nostri giorni by Michael Axworthy( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in Italian and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Iran : een cultuurgeschiedenis by Michael Axworthy( Book )

2 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in Dutch and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This house believes that Iran poses the greatest threat to security in the region( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Iran escaped censure as the greatest threat to the Gulf region during a Doha Debate held on March 28th. Despite persistent questions about Tehran's nuclear intentions, the audience voted almost two-to-one against a motion that would have singled out Iran as the major danger to regional stability. Sadegh Zibakalam, Professor of Political Science at Tehran University, ridiculed the notion that Iran wanted to build weapons of mass destruction. 'To have nuclear weapons for what? To use them against whom?' he asked. He was strongly opposed by Dr. Mustafa Alani, Director of the Security and Terrorism studies department at the Gulf Research Centre in Dubai. Dr. Alani dismissed Iran as "an interventionist power' and said the country had refused to live up to its international obligations. Nazenin Ansari, Diplomatic Editor of the London-based Kayhan newspaper cited environmental concerns about Tehran's nuclear programme. She also said the country was unstable and spoke of growing unemployment and poverty. But Michael Axworthy, former head of the Middle East Department at the British Foreign Office refused to label Iran as the major danger. He said its nuclear programme might become a threat in the future, but it "was several years away from the ability to produce nuclear weapons."
Shamshīr-i Īrān : sarguz̲asht-i Nādir Shāh Afshār by Michael Axworthy( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and Persian and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dějiny Íránu : říše ducha - od Zarathuštry po současnost by Michael Axworthy( Book )

2 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in Czech and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of 18th century Iran : crisis, collapse, militarism, and civil war( Book )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The eighteenth century was a crucial era in modern Iranian history, but the scholarship on the epoch is extremely limited. Among the reasons for this is the fact that it was largely a terrible period, plagued by war, economic collapse, governmental breakdown, and general misery. It has been estimated that the population of the country fell from around 9 million in 1700 to perhaps 6 million in 1899. Indeed, in the 1720s it seemed likely that Iran would disappear altogether, partitioned between her neighbors. Within a few years, the country surged back to regional pre-eminence under the rule of military genius Nader Shah, but lapsed again into civil war after his untimely death in 1747. The subsequent civil wars lasted almost until the end of the century except for a couple of brief interludes of relative calm. After decades of violence and economic dislocation, the end of the century saw the crowning of Agha Mohammad Shah, the first of the Qajar dynasty that lasted until 1925
Īrān dar ʻaṣr-i Nādir by Michael Axworthy( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in Persian and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Diplomatic Relations between Iran and the United Kingdom in the Early Reform Period, 1997-2000 by Michael Axworthy( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Nader Shah and Persian naval expansion in the Persian Gulf, 1700-1747 by Michael Axworthy( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Revolutionary Iran : a history of the Islamic Republic by Michael Axworthy( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Ayatollah Khomeini's return to Tehran in February 1979 was a key moment in post-War international politics. This book offers an account of Iran's unique history and makes sense of events often misunderstood by outsiders. It is an exploration of Iran's development since 1979 into an unpredictable pseudo-democracy
Principles and debates in Iranian foreign policy by Michael Axworthy( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Basile Vatatses and his history of Nāder Šāh by Michael Axworthy( )

1 edition published in 2006 in French and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Arab-Iranian Relations : New Realities? by Michael Axworthy( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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A history of Iran : empire of the mind
Alternative Names
Michael Axworthy britischer Wissenschaftler

Michael Axworthy British academic and writer

Languages
English (92)

German (6)

Persian (3)

Italian (2)

Dutch (2)

Czech (2)

French (1)

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The sword of Persia : Nader Shah, from tribal warrior to conquering tyrantIran : empire of the mind : a history from Zoroaster to the present dayEmpire of the mind : a history of Iran