One of the really nice things about having a web site like this is the free books authors send as review copies. Just last week I received a gem — a book I'll be recommending to everybody who wants to know what makes us tick: Abbas Milani's, “Lost Wisdom: Rethinking Modernity in Iran” (2004, Mage Publishers).
When I first opened the book, “Kafi is Kafi: Textual Sources of Shia Fundamentalism” caught my attention. I was curious to know what are the theological foundations of Iran's ruling clergy. I think you'll be just as amazed as I was when you read >>> “Kafi is Kafi”
I hardly ever read books. But I'm looking at the essay titles and they are mighty tempting:
— Sa'di & The Kings: A Twelfth Century Source of Modernity
— Nasir al-Din Shah in Farang: Perspectives of an Oriental Despot
— Tehran and Modernity: Ja'far Shahri's Personal Odyssey
— Hedayat & The Tragic Vision: Resisting Modernity
— King of Shadows: Ebrahim Golestan and the Question of Modernity
— Modernity & Shahrnush Parsipur's Blue Logos: Rediscovering the Feminine
I think this is going to be one of the best books I've ever read. — Jahanshah Javid
Abbas Milani is currently a visiting professor of political science at Stanford University and a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. he has been Chair of the Department of History and Political Science at Notre Dame de Namur University since 1987. He has written and published extensively on Iran’s encounter with modernity. His books include The Persian Sphinx: Amir Abbas Hoveyda and the Riddle of the Iranian Revolution, Tales of Two Cities: A Persian Memoir, and a translation of King of the Benighted, a novella by Houshang Golshiri.