IRAN IN A NUTSHELL

By Amanda Roraback

ISBN:
(10-digit) 0-9763070-1-4

(13-digit) 978-0-9763070-1-3

List Price:  $7.95

Published:  August, 2007

Edition: 2nd

Size: 8 ½ x 5 ½ inches
Pages: 80

Quality Paperback
Table of contents

At its height in the 5th century B.C. the Persian Empire stretched from the border of India in the east to northern Africa and Bulgaria in the west.

Many centuries later, “Persia” was renamed “Iran” and the regions that once made up the Empire had became the independent countries of Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, Syria and others.  

Today, the territory that makes up Iran is only a fraction of the size and, after the 1979 Islamic Revolution Iran is one of the few states ruled by Islamic clerics.

In the last few years, Iran has been at the forefront of international attention because of its designation by President George W. Bush’s as a member of the “Axis of Evil” and due to its relationship with the militant Hezbollah organization operating out of Lebanon.  Iran’s vast oil reserves have also made the country a major player in worldwide economic politics and its contentious nuclear program has created deep rifts with the West.