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The Oxford Handbook of Iranian History Edited by Touraj Daryaee (review)

The Oxford Handbook of Iranian History Edited by Touraj Daryaee (review) Book Reviews the possibility that current president Mahinda Rajapaksa has the popularity and interest to be made king. It is doubtful that this is plausible or that President Rajapaksa has such designs. Yet this dialectical "tale of two cultural heroes" develops, it seems to me, intentionally or not, the main theme for this book, and the outcome remains uncertain. In sum, though the book has some marvelous chapters, it is inevitable that they vary in quality. All the chapters are readable and add a piece of insight and knowledge into one's fragmented view of a nation. No nation, perhaps no village, can be captured in a single reader, and one should not expect that. Instead, one should wish a discerning variety of perspectives that offer substantive snapshots, some of which motivate further examination or provide a point of view the reader either was not aware of or had not yet read in any detail. This book satisfies these criteria, and all in all, it is a job well done. victor c. de munck State University New York, New Paltz The Oxford Handbook of Iranian History. Edited by touraj daryaee. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. 432 pp. $150.00 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

The Oxford Handbook of Iranian History Edited by Touraj Daryaee (review)

Journal of World History , Volume 24 (3)

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Book Reviews the possibility that current president Mahinda Rajapaksa has the popularity and interest to be made king. It is doubtful that this is plausible or that President Rajapaksa has such designs. Yet this dialectical "tale of two cultural heroes" develops, it seems to me, intentionally or not, the main theme for this book, and the outcome remains uncertain. In sum, though the book has some marvelous chapters, it is inevitable that they vary in quality. All the chapters are readable and add a piece of insight and knowledge into one's fragmented view of a nation. No nation, perhaps no village, can be captured in a single reader, and one should not expect that. Instead, one should wish a discerning variety of perspectives that offer substantive snapshots, some of which motivate further examination or provide a point of view the reader either was not aware of or had not yet read in any detail. This book satisfies these criteria, and all in all, it is a job well done. victor c. de munck State University New York, New Paltz The Oxford Handbook of Iranian History. Edited by touraj daryaee. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. 432 pp. $150.00

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Journal of World HistoryUniversity of Hawai'I Press

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