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نوروز و عید و بهار

حدود 7 ساعت دیگه به تحویل سال 1391 مونده. امسال، سال تحویل رو با خانواده، استانبول هستیم. سه سال قبل که من اتریش بودم و

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Ahmadinejad and the UN Summit

The walk out of the representatives of the France, Great Britain, and the previously announced boycott of Ahmadinejad’s talk in the Geneva anti-Racism conference on

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Sasanian Chemical Warfare?

Khodadad Rezakhani (Dept. of History, University of California, Los Angeles) co-authored this commentary with Reza Yeganehshakib (Dept. of History, University of California, Irvine)  A recent

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Honest Genocide

Three years ago, I was sitting at the Starbucks in Westwood, Los Angeles, having a cup of tea and doing my readings. Next to me

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What’s in a Word?

It is quite fascinating to notice, pay real attention to, the meaning, or actual content, of the words and expressions we use every day. I have

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Self-desired loneliness

I was reading a piece in Persian about J.M.G. Le Clezio, the winner of this year’s Nobel Literature Prize. If you allow me to go

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Illitterati and Obliterati

So, Sen. Hilary Clinton, in an interview with Good Morning America, used a word that even she realised is “terrible” after uttering it. She preceded

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Reversal of fortunes

Five hundred years ago, global warming helped create an economic down turn in West and Central Asia and facilitated the European economic rise. Today, might

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Benazir Bhutto

Ms. Bhutto was killed today. I was informed thanks to an early phone call from a telemarketer who woke me up and then I ended

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Is this punishment?

I generally do not mess with the politics, since I have no expertise in it. But who can avoid politics these days, with everything, even

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امروز در تاريخ

امروز روزی است که کورش کبير منشورش را به عنوان اولين اعلاميه حقوق بشر صادر کرد و به همه فهماند که ايرانی ها از همان

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The West and the Rest

This is how the whole of history is often presented, both in Europe and its cultural extensions and in those figuring outside the abstract realm

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Cultural exceptionalism

Again, it is interesting to see that in his latest piece, “Doshmani-e Eslam ba Iran”, Dr. Nooriala has noticed a very important aspect of the

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Charlemagne

Charlemagne was the King of the Franks. Nowadays, the French insist that he was French and the Germans claim the same. If you asked him,

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About

The recent pieces about the Arab invasion of Sasanian Iran [see: Esmail Nooriala] have made me think hard, as they were meant to I am

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Biases in historical enquiry

It is interesting that people like Mr. Nooriala [see: “Biyaabaangardaan chegooneh pirooz mishavand?”] are making the effort to research and find new explanations for the

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About

As a scholar-in-training from Iran, getting my education in the US, I would like to add a few comments to Arya’s very correct suggestion about

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History, in depth?

These past two quarters at the UCLA, I have been taking a graduate seminar class in the history of Middle Ages, concentrating on the Carolingian

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