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Axworthy's Book on Iran Translated Into Persian

Axworthy's  Book on Iran Translated  Into PersianAxworthy's  Book on Iran Translated  Into Persian

The book 'Iran: Empire of the Mind A History From Zoroaster to the Present Day'  written by the British academic and author Michael Axworthy has been translated into Persian by Shahrbanu Saremi and will be released next year.

The book surveys the history of Iran as one of the oldest civilizations in the world, and brings it up to date in the modern times. It reviews the rise and fall of several dynasties that ruled Iran over a period of 2500 years and in doing so emphasizes the role of cultural and intellectual movements in order to demonstrate how the country had influence beyond its borders in the Middle East and Asia.

Speaking about the author, Saremi said, "Michael Axworthy believes that the Achaemenid Empire (550-330 BC) was so expansive that it developed its culture in a vast part of Asia and could be called 'empire of the mind'," IBNA quoted her as saying. As a teenager, Axworthy travelled to Iran several times in the 1970s, and served as the head of Iran section in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in the UK from 1998 to 2000.

Since 2005, he has taught Middle East history at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter, where he was made a senior lecturer in 2012. He was appointed director of Exeter University's new Center for Persian and Iranian Studies (CPIS) in 2008.

He has been working in Cornwall as a writer and editor since 2000 and wrote his first book 'The Sword of Persia,' on the great Iranian conqueror Nader Shah (published in 2006). His second book 'Empire of the Mind: A History From Zoroaster to the Present Day' was first published in 2007.

Axworthy has also written a series of pieces on contemporary Iran and other subjects for Prospect magazine, the Independent, Guardian and other publications, and has made TV and radio appearances discussing Iranian subjects.

His previous book 'Revolutionary Iran' tells the story of Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, including a full account of the deadly 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, one of the bloodiest wars since the Second World War and a conflict which has had a profound impact on Iranian society. It was published in 2013 by Penguin Books.

Saremi, 52, has translated 22 historical works so far, including a book written in English about Iran in 2011. 'Shadows in the Desert: Ancient Persia at War', by Kaveh Farrokh, a Canadian-based Iranian scholar at the University of British Columbia, gives comprehensive information about the Iranian military techniques in ancient times. The book was published by Qoqnoos Publishers.