From The Medes to the Mullahs A History Of Iran

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This book offers an accessible, but comprehensive, introduction to the long and rich history of Iran. Starting around 600 bce it traces the main historical events finishing with the modern Islamic Republic of Iran. It would be of particular interest to the non-academic person who wants to understand a country that is frequently misunderstood. More

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About Anne Davison

Canon Doctor Anne Davison has had a lifelong interest in history and the religions of the world. Her journey into understanding other cultures began in her early 20s when she lived in Lagos, Nigeria. Later, a job with British Airways gave her the chance to travel the world more widely.

When she became aware of a global increase in religious intolerance she felt the need to better understand our world, past and present. She was particularly interested in how ‘religion’ interacts with politics. This led her to study for a Degree in History and Comparative religion, followed by a PhD in inter religious relations.

Whilst living in Switzerland in the 1990s Anne took on the role of Vice Moderator of the World Council of Churches in Geneva, before moving back to London to work with the Church of England as an Adviser in Inter Religious Relations.

In addition to organising pilgrim groups to Israel and Lebanon, Anne co-ordinated a Youth Exchange Programme for 16 to 18 year- old Jews, Christians and Muslims between Jerusalem and East London. In recognition of her work in inter-religious relations Anne was made a Lay Canon of the Church of England.

Since retiring from the Church of England she has lectured on many cruise ships and in the UK for the Arts Society

It was in response to people asking for her lecture notes, that in 2013 Anne decided to write her first book: From the Medes to the Mullah: A History of Iran. She has just published her ninth book on A History of China.

She remains convinced that many of the problems facing the world today are the result of an ignorance that can lead to intolerance at best and hatred at worst.

She firmly believes that one way to combat this ignorance is to promote a better understanding of our diverse world. Anne likes to think that by offering lectures and writing short, accessible books, she is playing her part in a small way.

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Nicholas Henderson reviewed on Sep. 16, 2013

If you're looking for an easily accessible quick read about this important part of the world ... this is it, an historical overview of a significant country taking us right up until the present day. This is a must read for anyone wishing to understand Iran.
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Paul Sayah reviewed on Sep. 16, 2013

Iran is gaining greater prominence by the day on the world scene. To understand why you need to know where present Iran came from. Then to have a clear and accurate account of that history is a must. And if you are a busy man/women like many of us are, the book to read is that short but complete history of Iran by Dr. Anne Davison "From the Medes to the Mullahs". Enjoy it as I did.
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