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Modern Persia   By: (1861-)

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Modern Persia by Mooshie G. Daniel is a comprehensive and insightful exploration of the dynamic country of Persia, now known as Iran. Through this book, Daniel takes the reader on a remarkable journey, blending historical facts, personal anecdotes, and in-depth research to unravel the complex layers of Persian culture, tradition, and society.

One of the greatest strengths of this book lies in its ability to provide a balanced view of Persia's past and present. Daniel adeptly delves into the rich history of the region, from the ancient Persian Empire to the Islamic conquests and the subsequent rise and fall of various dynasties. His meticulous attention to detail and engaging storytelling make even the most intricate historical events accessible and captivating.

Moreover, the book delves into the modern challenges and transformations that Persia has undergone. Daniel offers a nuanced understanding of the impact of post-revolutionary Iran on its people, meticulously examining aspects such as politics, religion, gender dynamics, and cultural expression. By incorporating numerous personal interviews and firsthand accounts, he highlights the diverse perspectives and experiences of Iranians, providing invaluable insights into their daily lives, aspirations, and struggles.

The author's clear passion for the subject matter shines through the pages, as he seamlessly weaves together his own experiences and observations with solid research and analysis. This approach lends the book an intimate touch, allowing readers to connect with the author on a more personal level and facilitating a better understanding of the nuances of Persian society.

The writing style is engaging and accessible, making the book suitable for both casual readers with little prior knowledge of Persia, as well as those seeking a more profound understanding of the country. Daniel strikes the right balance between providing valuable historical context and focusing on the present realities, making the book relevant to contemporary discussions surrounding Iran.

If there is any slight criticism to be made, some readers may find the extensive historical detail overwhelming at times, particularly if they are primarily interested in modern Persia. However, this meticulous approach is essential to grasp the complex background and influences that have shaped the country.

In conclusion, Modern Persia is an illuminating and immersive read that provides a holistic portrait of Iran, past and present. Mooshie G. Daniel's meticulous research, personal reflections, and captivating storytelling converge to create a book that is both informative and engaging. Whether you are looking to expand your knowledge of Persian history or gain deeper insights into the country's present-day challenges and triumphs, this book is an excellent resource.

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McCORMICK SEMINARY Late Professor of Ancient Syriac in Oroomiah College, Persia.


Copyrighted 1897, by Mooshie G. Daniel



The author, in spending four years in America, has come in contact with different classes of people who have raised serious questions concerning modern Persia.

Those who are interested in politics and government, have asked: Is modern Persia a province of Turkey? Is it as large as the state of Michigan? Is the king still absolute as in ancient times? Have the laws of the Medes and Persians undergone no change? Are there any remains of Persia's ancient beauty and grandeur?

These, and questions like these, have been from time to time presented to the author. On the other hand it is to be observed that many journalists traveling through Persia have greatly misrepresented that country. Their limited stay made it impossible for them to acquire any accurate knowledge of the country.

It is no easy task to familiarize oneself with the ideas and customs of that ancient and historic country. To thousands in Persia the literature and history of their own land is a sealed book... Continue reading book >>

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