Selected bibliography on Iran after 1500s

Selected bibliography on Iran after 1500s (prepared by Maziar Behrooz):


Abbas Amanat, Iran, a modern History, 2017.


Added 2012:

Parsi, Trita. Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States

Ansari, Ali. Confronting Iran: The Failure of American Foreign Policy and the Next Great Crisis in the Middle East

Momen, Moojan. Baha'u'llah

Brookshaw, Dominic Parviz and Fazel, Seena B., Ed. The Baha’is of Iran

Katouzian, Homa and Shahidi Hossein. Ed. Iran in the 21st Century: Politics, Economics and Conflict
Yossi Melman, Meir Javedanfar The Nuclear Sphinx of Tehran: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the State of Iran
Farhad Nomani and Sohrab Behdad ,  Class and Labor in Iran: Did the Revolution Matter?
Fakhreddin Azimi, The Quest for Democracy in Iran: A Century of Struggle against Authoritarian Rule

Roxane Farmanfarmaian, ed. War and Peace in Qajar Persia: Implications Past and Present
Michael Axworthy, Empire of the Mind: A History of Iran (Hurst, 2007).
Michael Axworthy, The Sword of Persia (IB Tauris, 2006).
 Samati, Mehdi Media, Culture and Society in Iran
Amir-Arjomand, Said. Ed, Constitutional Politics in the Middle East With special reference to Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan


The 16th to 18th Centuries:





Abisaab, Rula. Converting Persia

Allan, James. Hunt for Paradise: Court Arts of Safavid Iran 1501-1576

Babaie, Sussan. Slaves of the Shah: New Elites of Safavid Iran

Floor, Willem. A Fiscal History of Iran in the Safavid and Qajar Periods 1500-1925

--------------The Persian Gulf: the Economic and Political History of Five Port Cities 1500-1730I (2006)

Herzig, Edmound. Iran and the World in the Safavid Age

Lockhart, Laurence. The fall of the Safavi Dynasty and the Afghan Occupation of Persia

Matthee, Rudolph. The Politics of Trade in Safavid Iran

----------------. The Pursuit of Pleasure: Drugs and Stimulants in Iranian History 1500-1900

Melville, Charles. ed. Safavid Persia.

Newman, Andrew. Safavid Iran

Ried, James. Tribalism and Society in Islamic Iran 1500-1629.

Rula Jurdi Abisaab, Converting Persia: Religion and Power in Safavid Empire

Savory, Roger. trans. Iskandar Munshi: History of Shah Abbas the Great.

---------. Iran Under the Safavids.

---------. Studies on the History of Safavid Iran

Woods, John. The Aqquyunlu: Clan Confederation, Empire.




Babayan, Kathryn "The Safavid Synthesis: from Qizilbash Islam to Imamite Shi'ism," Iranian Studies, vol.27, nos 1-4, 1994.

Golesorkhi, Shohreh "Pari Khan Khanum: A Masterful Safavid Princess," Iranian Studies, vol.28, no.38, Summer\Fall 1995.

Quinn, Sholeh "The Dreams of Shaykh Safi al-Din and Safavid Historical writing," Iranian Studies, vol.29, nos 1-2, Winter\Spring 1996.

Ried, James "Reballion and Social Change in Astarabad 1523-1744," International Journal of Middle East Studies, vol.13, no.1, 1981

Stanfield-Johnson, Rosmary "Sunni Survival in Safavid Iran," Iranian Studies, vol.27, no.s1-4, 1994

Steinman, Linda "Shah Abbas and the Royal Silk trade 1599-1629," British Society of Middle Eastern Studies Bullitin, vol.14, no.1, 1987.


The 18th Century: Afshar and Zand

Axworthy, Michael. The Sword of Persia: Nader Shah, from Tribal Warrior to Conquering Tyrant (2006)  

Durand, Mortimer. Nadir Shah.

Fraser, James. The History of Nadir Shah

Lockhart, Laurence. Nadir Shah.

Perry, John. Karim Khan Zand: A History of Iran.

Tucker, Ernest "Nadir Shah and the Ja'fari Madhhab Reconsidered," Iranian Studies, vol.27, no.s 1-4, 1994.


The 19th& 20th Centuries:



Abrahamian, Ervand Iran Between Two Revolutions.

Ghods, M. Reza Iran in the Twentieth Century.

Issawi, Charles The Economic History of Iran 1800-1911.

Keddie, Nikki Iran and the Muslim World

Keddie, Nikki Roots of Revolution

Matthee, R and Baron, B Iran and Beyond



Algar, Hamid Religion and State in Iran, 1785-1906.

Atkin, Muril Russia and Iran 1780-1828.

Amanat, Abbas Pivot of the Universe: Nasir al-Din Shah Qajar and the Iranian Monarchy 1831-1896.

Bakhash, Shaul Bureaucracy and Religion Under The Qajars.

Bayat, Magol, Mysticism and Dissent: Socioreligious Thought in Qajar Iran.

Bosworth, Edmund & Hisllenbrand, Carole, ed, Qajar IranL Political, Social, Cultural Change

Bournoutian, George A. Eastern Armenia in the Last Decades of Persian Rule.

Elwell-Sutton, L.P. Qajar Iran: Political, Social and Cultural Change 1800-1925.

Floor, Willem. A Fiscal History of Iran in the Safavid and Qajar Periods 1500-1925

Issawi, Charles The Economic History of Iran 1800-1914.

Keddie, N.R. An Islamic Response to Imperialism

--------------- Qajar Iran and the Rise of Reza Khan: 1796-1925.

---------, Sayyid Jamal ad-Din "al-Afghani": A political Bibliography

Kelly, J.B. Britain and the Persian Gulf 1795-1880.

Lambton, Ann Qajar Persia.

Kelly, Laurence. Lermontov: Tragedy in the Caucasus

Martin, Vanessa. The Qajar Pact: Bargaining, Protest and State in Nineteenth-Century Persia

Mcdaniel, Robert The Shuster Mission and the Persian Constitutional Revolution.

Nashat, Guity The Origins of Modern Reforms in Iran 1870-1880.

Shuster Morgan, The Strangulation of Persia.

Walcher, Heidi. IN the Shadow of the King: Zill al-Sultan and Isfahan under the Qajars

Wrght, Denis. The English Among the Persians

Yapp, Micheal The Last Years of the Qajar Dynasty.

Yeselson, Abraham United States-Persian Diplomatic Relations 1883-1921.


Babi Movement:

Amanat, Abbas Resurrection and Renewal: The Making of the Babi Movement in Iran, 1844-1850.

Bayat, Mangol. Mysticism and Dissent: Socioreligious Thought in Qajar Iran

Brookshaw, Dominic Parviz & Seena Fazel. eds, The Baha’is of Iran

Browne, Edward Material for the Study of the Babi Religion.


Constitutional Revolution (1906-1909)

Afary Janet The Iranian Constitutional Revolution: Grassroots Democracy, Social Democracy, and the Origins of Feminism.

Algar, Hamid Mirza Malkom Khan: A Study in History of Iranian Modernism.

Atabaki, Touraj. Iran and the First World War

Bayat, Mangol Iran's First Revolution: Shi'ism and the Constitutional Revolution of 1905-1909.

Browne, Edward The Persian Revolution of 1905-1909.

Chaqueri, Cosroe. The Soviet Socialist Republic of Iran, 1920-1921

Hairi, A.B. Shi'ism and Constitutionalism in Iran

Martin, Vanessa Islam and Modernism: The Iranian Revolution of 1906.

Olson, W.J. Anglo-Iranian Relations During World War I.

Arshari, M.Reza "The Historians of the Constitutional Movement and the making of the Iranian Populist Tradition," International Journal of Middle East Studies, no.25, 1993


Pahlavi: Reza Shah (1926-1941)


Atabaki, Touraj & Zurcher, Erik. Men of Order: Authoritarian Modernization under Ataturk and Reza Shah

Clarmont, Skrine World War in Iran.

Elwell-Sutton L.P. Modern Iran

Banani, Amin. The Modernization of Iran 1921-1941

Rezun, Miron. The Soviet Union and Iran: Soviet Policy in Iran from the Beginning of Pahlavi Dynasty Until the Soviet Invasion in 1941

Cronin, Stephanie. The Army and the Creation of the Pahlavi State in Iran, 1910-1926

----------------. Tribal Politics in Iran: Rural Conflict and the New State 1921-1941

Cronin, Stephanie. The Making of Modern Iran: State and Society under Riza Shah 1921-1941

Ghani, Cyrus Iran and the Rise of Reza Shah

Sahabi, Houshang British Policy in Persia 1918-1925.

Wilber, Donald Reza Shah Pahlavi: The Resurrection and Reconstruction of Iran 1878-1944.


Mohammad Reza Shah (1941-1979)

Azimi, Fakhraldin Crisis of Democracy In Iran 1941-1953.

Baldwin, George Planning and Development in Iran

Gasiorowski, Mark US Foreign Policy and the Shah

Goode, James The United States and Iran, 1946-1951: The Diplomacy of Neglect.

Halliday, Fred Iran Dictatorship and Development

Hooglund, Eric Land and Revolution in Iran 1960-1980.

Katouzian, Homa. Ed, Sadeq Hedayat: His Work and his Wondrous World

Kazemzadeh, Firuz Russia and Great Britain in Persia

Lambton, Ann The Persian Land Reform 1962-1966.

Najmabadi, Afsaneh Land and Social Change in Iran

Nissman, David B. The Soviet Union and Iranian Azerbaijan

Zabih, Sepehr The Communist Movement of Iran.

Zonis, Marvin The Majestic Failure: The Fall of The Shah.


Dr. Mosaddeq and the Oil Nationalization Movement (1951-1953):

Bill, James and Roger, Louis, ed.s, Musaddiq, Iranian Nationalism and Oil

Cottam, Richard Nationalism in Iran.

Diba, Farhad Mossadeq: A Political Biography.

Katouzian, Homa Musaddiq and the Struggle for Power in Iran

Zabih, Sepehr The Mossadegh Era.


1979 Revolution & the Islamic Republic:


Abrahamian, Ervand The Iranian Mojahedin.

-------------- Khomeinism.

Adelkhah, Fariba Being Modern in Iran.

Afshar, Haleh, ed., Iran a Revolution in Turmoil

Amir Arjomand, Said The Turban for the Crown.

Atabaki, Touraj Azerbaijan: Ethnicity and Autonomy in the Twentieth-century Iran.

Bakhash, Shaul The Reign of the Ayatollahs.

Bakhtiari, Bahman Parliamentary Politics in Revolutionary Iran.

Bani-sadr, Abol Hasan. My Turn to Speak: Iran, the Revolution and Secret Deals with the U.S.

Bayat, Assef, Street Politics: Por People's Movement in Iran.

------------- Workers and Revolution in Iran.

Behnam, Reza, Cultural Foundations of Iranian Politics.

Behrooz, Maziar. Rebels with A Cause: The Failure of the Left In Iran.

Bill, James. The Eagle and the Lion: The Tragedy of American-iranian Relations.

Boroujerdi, Mehrzad Iranian Intellectuals and the West

Chehabi, H.E. Iranian Politics and Religious Modernism

Chubin, Shahram Soviet Policy toward Iran and the Gulf

Crdesman, Anthony H. The Iran-Iraq War

Cottam, Richard Iran and the United States: A Cold War case Study.

Shahram Chubin, Iran’s Nuclear Ambitions (2006)

Shakibi, Zhand. Revolutions and Collapse of Monarchy

Dabashi, Hamid Theology of Discontent:The Ideological Foundation of the Islamic Revolution in Iran.

Esposito, John, ed. The Iranian Revolution: Its Global Impact

Farsoun, Samith and Mashayekhi, Mehrdad, ed.s, Iran: Political Culture in the Islamic Republic

Gheissari, Ali Iranian Intellectuals in the 20th Century.

Hunter, Shireen Iran after Khomeini.

---------, Iran and the World

Jazani, Bizhan Capitalism and Revolution in Iran

Keddie, Nikki Iran: Religion, Politics and Society.

Keddie, Nikki Religion and Rebellion in Iran

-----------, ed., Scholars, Saints and Sufis

----------, and Mark Gasiorowski. Neither East, Nor West: Iran, The Soviet Union and the United States

------------ and Hooglund,E., ed., The Iranian Revolution and the  Islamic Republic.

------------ & Cole, Juan Shi'ism and Social Protest

Khosravi, Shahram. The Third Generation: the Islamic Order of Things and Cultural Defiance among the Young of Tehran. (2003)

Meskoob, Shahrokh Iranian National Identity.

Mirsepassi, Ali Intellectual Discourse and the Politics of Modernization.

Moaddel, Mansur Class, Politics and Ideology in the Iranian Revolution

Rahnama, Saeed. Behdad, Sohrab, ed.s, Iran after the Revolution.

Regali, Darius Torture and Modernity: Self, Society and State in Modern Iran.

Semati Mehdi. Ed, Media, Culture and Society in Iran: Living with Globalization and the Islamic State

Schirazi, Aschar The Constitution of Iran

Siavoshi, Sussan Liberal Nationalism in Iran: The Future of a Movement.

Sick, Gary All Fall Down.

Schahgaldian,N.B. The Iranian Military Under the Islamic Republic.

Watson, G. History of Persia.

Takeyeh, Ray. Hidden Iran: Paradox and Power in the Islamic Republic (2006)

Varzi, Roxanne. Warning Souls: Youth, Media and Martydom in Post-Revolution Iran



Amuzegar, Jahangir Iran's Economy under the Islamic Republic.

Coville. T., ed., The Economy of Islamic Iran: Between State and Market

Karshenas, Massoud Oil, State and Industrialization in Iran

Katouzian, Homa The Political Economy of Iran.

Kazemi, Farhad Poverty and Revolution in Iran

Nomani Farhad and Ali Rahnama, Islamic Economic System.

------------- and Sohrab Behrdad, Class and Labor in Iran: Did the Revolution Matter? (2006)

Shirazi, Asghar Islamic Development Policy: The Agrarian Question in Iran.


Iran-Iraq War:

Bergquist, Ronald E. Role of Airpower in the Iran-Iraq War.

Cooper, Tom Iran-Iraq War in the Air 1980-1988

Cooper, Tom and Farzad Bishop. Iranian F-14 Tomcat Units in Combat

Cooper Tom, Jim Laurier. Iranian F-4 Phantom II Units in Combat

Cordesman, Anthony H. The Iran-Iraq War

Hero, Dilip. The Longest War: the Iran-Iraq Military Conflict