Tag Archives: Persia

A Persian Poet

Books for Troubled Times in the Arab World

Destination: Iran (Persia, 12th Century)

Book: The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, translated by Edward Fitzgerald (1917)


Omar Khayyam Tomb
Omar Khayyam Tomb

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam*, a rather slim book with its ivory slip cover and front embossed with green, red and gold twining roses held an honored position in my parent’s living room.  Inside, in my father’s distinctive sweeping handwriting, a front page bore a dedication to The Duchesss, his form of address for my mother when they were courting back in the 1930’s.  The book was gilt edged and illustrated with dreamy watercolors of beautiful and exotic scenes of women in filmy gowns and men in turbans and gowns surrounded by lush gardens. Other illustrations show white palaces, or royal rooms that set a little girl dreaming. Continue reading A Persian Poet

Book Review:The Way of Herodotus

Herodotus, the Man Who Invented History
British cover


Destination: The Mediterranean and Middle East

Book: The Way of Herodotus: Travels with the Man Who Invented History (2008) by Justin Marozzi (Also available for Kindle) (In England the title is The Man Who Invented History: Travels with Herodotus.)

This book has become even more appropriate since the wave of unrest broke out in Arab countries. We’ll be doing a series of articles on books relating to Arab countries over the next few weeks. Continue reading Book Review:The Way of Herodotus