Readers learn about the earliest stages of Iran's development, including the Rashidun Caliphs, the Umayyads, and the Abbasids. They study the impact of the Mongols, Safavids, and Qajars. Later chapters discuss the rise of the Pahlavis, Islamic Iran, and the rule of the jurisprudents. The book concludes with a consideration of what lies ahead for modern Iran, as well as a comprehensive summing up of Iranian identity.
Detailed and comprehensive, Modern Iran is well-suited to courses in Islamic studies, particularly Shi'ite Islam, Iranian studies, and Iranian culture and identity. With its clear commitment to placing Iran in appropriate and accessible historical and cultural contexts, the book is also an excellent supplemental text for classes on Iran and the west.