Category Archives: Iran

The Religion that the Iranian Mullahs Fear Most

The Religion that the Iranian Mullahs Fear Most

Over the past few decades, Iran has seen a revival in the native religion that predates Islam—something that the ayatollahs desperately want to suppress. Article by Zenobia Ravji | The Tower This article first appeared on The Tower Ask someone about the Zoroastrian religion and—assuming they’ve heard of it—you will typically get three responses. Your…

Shahnameh, a Persian Masterpiece, Still Relevant Today

Long before HBO’s wildly popular Game of Thrones was created, Iranians turned to the national literary epic ‘Shahnameh” (The Book of Kings) for intriguing tales of knights, nobility and mystical creatures scattered across Seven Kingdoms controlled by a greater king. By Farnaz Fassihi | The Wall Street Journal Now fans of Game of Thrones, English…

Spotlight on the Yazidis and their plight in present day Iraq

Iraq’s jihadis have vowed to wipe out the Yazidis. Who are they? The ancient religious group, concentrated in Iraq, have been targeted for extermination by the so-called ‘Islamic State’ that seized a number of towns along the Iraq-Syrian border this week. By Lydia Tomkiw Yahoo News The arrival of the self-styled “Islamic State” (IS) in…

Iran’s Zoroastrians celebrate Persian roots

In this Saturday, June 14, 2014 photo, a Zoroastrian man prays in Setipir Shrine in Yazd about 405 miles (675 kilometers) southeast of the capital Tehran, Iran. Zoroastrianism is a monotheistic religion predating Christianity, Islam and Judaism, founded some 3,800 years ago by the prophet Zoroaster. Article by ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press It was…

The Tradition of Indo-Persian Literature

The recent removal of Persian, Arabic and Pali from the list of subjects in UPSC exams has given rise to the question of the validity of these languages. Article by Rana Safvi | DNA India The reason for this I fear is the growing ignorance of Persian influence on our literature and history. Considering Persian…

Persepolis – The Lost Worlds

One of the impressive locations of the ancient world, Persepolis was burnt and destroyed by Alexander the Great in 330 BC and lay forgotten for over 2000 years. This film travels to Iran to bring Persepolis back to life and investigate the complexities of the Persian empire that was responsible for creating this city. Continue…

The Cyrus Cylinder travels to the US

‘First declaration of human rights’ to tour five cities in the United States The British Museum today announces that one of its most iconic objects, the Cyrus Cylinder, will tour to five major museum venues in the United States in 2013. This will be the first time this object has been seen in the US…

Alexander the not so Great: History through Persian eyes

Alexander the Great is portrayed as a legendary conqueror and military leader in Greek-influenced Western history books but his legacy looks very different from a Persian perspective. By Prof Ali Ansari Institute of Iranian Studies, St Andrews University | BBC.co.uk Any visitor of the spectacular ruins of Persepolis – the site of the ceremonial capital…

The Cyrus Cylinder And A Dream For The Middle East

Recently we pointed to the TED Talk about The Cyrus Cylinder. Today we come across Jacob L. Wright’s commentary and reaction to that TED talk, and in a larger scenario: The Cyrus Cylinder And A Dream For The Middle East In a recent TED lecture that is well on its way to becoming one of…