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Michael Axworthy teaches at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter (UK). The author of The Sword of Persia, Axworthy publishes widely in the field of Iranian history.
Observer (UK) "Michael Axworthy's deft untangling of the country's history, from the advent of Zoroastrianism to the 1979 revolution, is a stunning achievement." New Statesman "The best available single-volume introduction to Iran's history." Chronicle of Higher Education "Inviting us to look beyond the menacing bluster of the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Axworthy celebrates Iran's rich history of tolerance and creative expression." Justin Marozzi, author of Tamerlane: Sword of Islam, Conqueror of the World "An engrossing, powerfully argued, and elegantly written history of a country which finds itself once again at the center of international affairs." Foreword Magazine "Readers are likely to share this reviewer's sense that a fragmentary knowledge of Persian history suddenly, with the author's engaging help, approaches a rounded picture--one well worth enlarging. It is hard to imagine a better treatment of Persia within a single volume than this."