The Eye of the Shah

Author: Jennifer Y. Chi
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9780691171586
Release Date: 2015-11-24
Genre: Photography

The Eye of the Shah is the beautifully illustrated catalogue accompanying the exhibition of the same name at New York University's Institute for the Study of the Ancient World. The volume presents some two hundred photographs—the great majority of which have never been seen by the public—taken by royal photographers engaged by Naser al-Din Shah Qajar (r. 1848–1896), the longest-reigning shah of Iran's Qajar Dynasty (1785–1925). The photographs include a group of unprecedented, captivating images of life in the royal court in Tehran. These are complemented by photographs of historic monuments that capture the grand, eloquent beauty of such iconic ancient sites as Persepolis and Naqsh-e Rostam. The Eye of the Shah also looks at vintage photographic albums, memorabilia that used formal portraits of the shah, and works by two modern Iranian photographers, Bahman Jalali (1944–2010) and Shadi Ghadirian (b. 1974). The catalogue's essays discuss such topics as the achievements of court photographers in the service of Naser al-Din Shah, including Reza ‘Akkasbashi, ‘Abdollah Mirza Qajar, and Dust Mohammad Khan Mo‘ayyer al-Mamalek, and the volume also examines the role of photography in helping Iranians document Iran's pre-Islamic monuments during the second half of the nineteenth century. Contributors include Carmen Pérez González, Judith A. Lerner, and Reza Sheikh. Exhibition Dates: October 22, 2015–January 17, 2016

Liminalities of Gender and Sexuality in Nineteenth Century Iranian Photography

Author: Staci Gem Scheiwiller
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9781315512129
Release Date: 2016-12
Genre: Art

Nineteenth-century Iran was an ocularcentered society predicated on visuality and what was seen and unseen, and photographs became liminal sites of desire that maneuvered "betwixt and between" various social spaces—public, private, seen, unseen, accessible, and forbidden—thus mapping, graphing, and even transgressing those spaces, especially in light of increasing modernization and global contact during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Of primary interest is how photographs negotiated and coded gender, sexuality, and desire, becoming strategies of empowerment, of domination, of expression, and of being seen. Hence, the photograph became a vehicle to traverse multiple locations that various gendered physical bodies could not, and it was also the social and political relations that had preceded the photograph that determined those ideological spaces of (im)mobility. In identifying these notions in photographs, one may glean information about how modern Iran metamorphosed throughout its own long durée or resisted those societal transformations as a result of modernization.

Technologies of the Image

Author: Mary McWilliams
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300229196
Release Date: 2017
Genre: Art, Iranian

-This catalogue accompanies the exhibition Technologies of the Image: Art in 19th-Century Iran, on view at the Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, Massachusetts, from August 26, 2017 through January 7, 2018.-

Untold Stories

Author: Pedram Khosronejad
Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster
ISBN: 3643906072
Release Date: 2015-01-22
Genre: Social Science

In Iran, the history of photography and cinematography is mired with doubts and ambiguities. Whilst academic debates have focused on Qajar photography and cinematography from the viewpoint of historical analyses and technical aspects, there does not appear to be any anthropological, and particularly, visual anthropological research on these two important visual mediums. This book presents first results using visual anthropology, ethnographical film, media and visual studies as a methodological framework. Pedram Khosronejad teaches at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of St. Andrews.

The Islamic Enlightenment The Struggle Between Faith and Reason 1798 to Modern Times

Author: Christopher de Bellaigue
Publisher: Liveright Publishing
ISBN: 9781631493331
Release Date: 2017-04-04
Genre: History

A revelatory and game-changing narrative that rewrites everything we thought we knew about the modern history of the Islamic world. With majestic prose, Christopher de Bellaigue presents an absorbing account of the political and social reformations that transformed the lands of Islam in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Flying in the face of everything we thought we knew, The Islamic Enlightenment becomes an astonishing and revelatory history that offers a game-changing assessment of the Middle East since the Napoleonic Wars. Beginning his account in 1798, de Bellaigue demonstrates how Middle Eastern heartlands have long welcomed modern ideals and practices, including the adoption of modern medicine, the emergence of women from seclusion, and the development of democracy. With trenchant political and historical insight, de Bellaigue further shows how the violence of an infinitesimally small minority is in fact the tragic blowback from these modernizing processes. Structuring his groundbreaking history around Istanbul, Cairo, and Tehran, the three main loci of Islamic culture, de Bellaigue directly challenges ossified perceptions of a supposedly benighted Muslim world through the forgotten, and inspiring, stories of philosophers, anti-clerics, journalists, and feminists who opened up their societies to political and intellectual emancipation. His sweeping and vivid account includes remarkable men and women from across the Muslim world, including Ibrahim Sinasi, who brought newspapers to Istanbul; Mirza Saleh Shirzi, whose Persian memoirs describe how the Turkish harems were finally shuttered; and Qurrat al-Ayn, an Iranian noble woman, who defied her husband to become a charismatic prophet. What makes The Islamic Enlightenment particularly germane is that non-Muslim pundits in the post-9/11 era have repeatedly called for Islam to subject itself to the transformations that the West has already achieved since the Enlightenment—the absurd implication being that if Muslims do not stop reading or following the tenets of the Qur’an and other holy books, they will never emerge from a benighted state of backwardness. The Islamic Enlightenment, with its revolutionary argument, completely refutes this view and, in the process, reveals the folly of Westerners demanding modernity from those whose lives are already drenched in it.

Women with Mustaches and Men Without Beards

Author: Afsaneh Najmabadi
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520242630
Release Date: 2005-04-25
Genre: History

"This book is groundbreaking, at once highly original, courageous, and moving. It is sure to have a tremendous impact in Iranian studies, modern Middle East history, and the history of gender and sexuality."—Beth Baron, author of Egypt as a Woman "This is an extraordinary book. It rereads the story of Iranian modernity through the lens of gender and sexuality in ways that no other scholars have done."—Joan W. Scott, author of Gender and the Politics of History

Patriot of Persia

Author: Christopher de Bellaigue
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780062196620
Release Date: 2012-05-15
Genre: History

Christopher de Bellaigue, a former contributor to The Economist, brings to light the fascinating story of one of the great anti-colonial heroes of the twentieth century: Muhammad Mossadegh, the great Iranian leader whose untimely demise resulted in the Islamic Revolution of 1979, and a man who has been demonized, ridiculed, and misunderstood in the West while remaining an icon and an inspiration across the Middle East. Patriot of Persia, a new biography exploring his life and impact, opens a crucial new window into Mossadegh—whose role in the evolution of Iran’s political climate cannot be overemphasized—providing a resource that will prove equally invaluable to academics, newshounds, and activists as they struggle to understand Mideast politics, Iran, Ahmadinejad, and the future of the region—and the world.

Close Up

Author: Hamid Dabashi
Publisher: Verso
ISBN: 1859846262
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Performing Arts

This book examines the growing reputation of Iranian cinema, from its origins in the films of Kimiai and Mehrjui, through the work of directors such as Kiraostami, Beyzai and Bani-Etemad, to young film-makers like Bahman Qobadi.

The Blind Owl

Author: Ṣādiq Hidāyat
Publisher: Grove Press
ISBN: 0802131808
Release Date: 1989
Genre: Fiction

A young man drifts into despair and madness after losing a mysterious lover.

Performing the Iranian State

Author: Staci Gem Scheiwiller
Publisher: Anthem Press
ISBN: 9780857282934
Release Date: 2013-02-15
Genre: Performing Arts

This book discusses what it means to “perform the State,” what this action means in relation to the country of Iran and how these various performances are represented. The concept of the “State” as a modern phenomenon has had a powerful impact on the formation of the individual and collective, as well as on determining how political entities are perceived in their interactions with one another in the current global arena.

The Good Daughter

Author: Jasmin Darznik
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 9780446558648
Release Date: 2011-01-27
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

We were a world of two, my mother and I, until I started turning into an American girl. That's when she began telling me about The Good Daughter. It became a taunt, a warning, an omen. Jasmin Darznik came to America from Iran when she was only three years old, and she grew up knowing very little about her family's history. When she was in her early twenties, on a day shortly following her father's death, Jasmin was helping her mother move; a photograph fell from a stack of old letters. The girl pictured was her mother. She was wearing a wedding veil, and at her side stood a man whom Jasmin had never seen before. At first, Jasmin's mother, Lili, refused to speak about the photograph, and Jasmin returned to her own home frustrated and confused. But a few months later, she received from her mother the first of ten cassette tapes that would bring to light the wrenching hidden story of her family's true origins in Iran: Lili's marriage at thirteen, her troubled history of abuse and neglect, and a daughter she was forced to abandon in order to escape that life. The final tape revealed that Jasmin's sister, Sara - The Good Daughter - was still living in Iran. In this sweeping, poignant, and beautifully written memoir, Jasmin weaves the stories of three generations of Iranian women into a unique tale of one family's struggle for freedom and understanding. The result is an enchanting and unforgettable story of secrets, betrayal, and the unbreakable mother-daughter bond.

Crowning anguish

Author: Tāj al-Salṭanah
Publisher: Mage Pub
ISBN: UOM:39015029109249
Release Date: 1993
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Provides a rare account of day-to-day life in a sheik's palace in Iran

Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art Architecture Three Volume Set

Author: Jonathan Bloom
Publisher: OUP USA
ISBN: 019530991X
Release Date: 2009-05-14
Genre: Art

Oxford University Press is proud to present the most up-to-date and comprehensive encyclopedia in this field. In three illustrated volumes with more than 1,500 entries, the Encyclopedia deals with all aspects of this important area of study, ranging from the Middle East to Central Asia to Southeast Asia and Africa as well as Europe and North America. The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture covers all subject areas including: artists, ruler, writers, architecture, ceramics, sculpture, painting, calligraphy, coins, textiles, and much more.

Qajar portraits

Author: Julian Raby
Publisher: I. B. Tauris
ISBN: UOM:39015054434710
Release Date: 1999-07-31
Genre: Architecture

Qajar Portraits is a beautifully-illustrated, comprehensive overview of Qajar imperial portraiture. The items, which include several of the most important works of early Qajar art, clearly depict the political role of portraiture under the Qajars and the influence of Napoleonic portraits on the development of Persia's early-20th century imperial iconography under Fath 'Ali Shah, and the use of portraiture in Qajar civil and military Orders of Merit. No other Muslim dynasty, except the Mughals, used portraiture as intensively to further dynastic and political ends.