His Excellency Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, spoke eloquently in support of developing a land of tolerance in many countries. I imagined President Rouhani one day join him, recreating the land of tolerance Iran once was.
Scholarship complicates our widely accepted and most popular images of Cyrus the Great as a uniquely benevolent ruler who instituted policies of peace and tolerance such as the world had never seen before. As it turns out, the famous Cyrus Cylinder was not revolutionary.
The story of the Cyrus Cylinder travelling the world and being interpreted through a certain point of view by powerful white men is very much a continuation of the fundamentally colonialist and paternalistic nature of Near Eastern archaeology.