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Nature Changes Site of History's Most Famous Last Stand: Bang Go Greece's Defences on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 06.09.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

The sea once hugged this pass so closely that a few thousand Greeks could hold off 1.7 million Persians, if the ancient historian Herodotus is to be believed, in the 300-foot wide defile where numerical superiority was useless.

Happy

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 07.27.2014 | Religion
Jack Schimmelman

Dasha. Photo by Tania. Used with permission. If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution. So said Emma Goldman more than 100 year...

A Different Look at Iran

Ron Kronish | Posted 06.24.2014 | World
Ron Kronish

We Jewish Israelis--and people from the West in general--tend to forget that there are actually human beings living in Iran, with normal desires to lead healthy family lives, not to mention "reformers" who would like to change Iranian policy and society for the better.

Ancient Women of 300's Persia, Greece, and Beyond

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 05.13.2014 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

Now if only there were about three hundred more 300's. Maybe not in blood and gore but movies with kick-ass women from ancient Persia and Greece. Then, more people would surely get what has so captivated me about Amytis, Cassandane, and Atossa. Um... who, you ask?

A Plea to Stop Underestimating Purim: The Most Modern Jewish Holiday

Rabbi Jordie Gerson | Posted 05.11.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Jordie Gerson

Though we don't often speak of ourselves this way, we as American Jews live in the diaspora. We live outside the land of Israel. Though we may have risen to great heights outside of the Land of Israel, we are always, in some sense, strangers in a strange land.

Turkey and Iran's Growing Alliance

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

Declaring a desire to stand "shoulder to shoulder" with Iran in combating terrorism, and driven by Turkey's evolving policy toward Syria, Erdoğan's trip highlighted Ankara and Tehran's tendency to pursue mutual interests when their paths cross.

Celebrating Syria: 'We Couldn't Go Back, So We Started Mamnoon Instead'

Richard Bangs | Posted 03.25.2014 | Travel
Richard Bangs

There are so many delicious facets to this story. I first met Wassef Haroun in Zambia, at the Kafue River Camp, owned by a mutual friend who had invited us for a week-long private safari.

The Birth of Baha'u'llah

Shastri Purushotma | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Shastri Purushotma

From the perspective of a statistician, how would you explain that someone who lived in Arabia in the sixth century still has such a profound influence over the lives of a billion of the world's people fourteen centuries later?

On Being Persian

Gina Nahai | Posted 10.14.2013 | World
Gina Nahai

Why do they call themselves Persian? The first time someone asked me this was on Harvest Day at my kids' school. I had just been introduced to a blo...

Persian Girl's Navy Blue Vision

Mahroo Moshari | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Mahroo Moshari

As a Persian girl, I am also envisioning the new President of Iran, Mr. Rouhani, as well as all the other World Leaders, bringing back to their countries plans which integrate King Cyrus's message.

The Bible and Babylon, 560 BC

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 10.09.2013 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

These mid-August days, some 2,500 years ago, witnessed a violent turn-about in power -- regicide followed by a week of king-less days. Imagine for a moment the uncertainty, the chaos. Imagine the mother of the assassinated king.

Philosophy of Love

Bijaya Jena | Posted 08.19.2013 | Religion
Bijaya Jena

At this time of material progress, we need to understand and appreciate this philosophy of spiritual love and eradicate violence,petty religious fights in the society. If Sufi literature is taught to all school children then perhaps after few decades the World will be quite free from violence .

With Dosa Hunt, Filmmaker Amrit Singh Emerges as Generational Voice

Jim Luce | Posted 07.27.2013 | Entertainment
Jim Luce

The closing gala for this year's New York Indian Film Festival (HuffPo), held in a banquet hall above NYU's Skirball Auditorium, was alive with artist...

Enter The Gate: Celebrating The Declaration Of The Bab

Shastri Purushotma | Posted 07.21.2012 | Religion
Shastri Purushotma

On the night of May 22 this year, Baha'is around the world will hold celebrations to mark the 168th anniversary of that first evening in Shiraz when their Faith began.

Music, Exile and Trauma

Mena Mark Hanna | Posted 06.11.2012 | Home
Mena Mark Hanna

During the performance, I detected shifts of uneasiness and stifled sobs emanating from an audience largely comprised of Persian émigrés; the premiere was met with an irrepressible standing ovation.

The Cyrus Cylinder And A Dream For The Middle East

Jacob L. Wright | Posted 05.06.2012 | Religion
Jacob L. Wright

The values of tolerance that the Cyrus Cylinder has come to represent today must be held high. Yet in doing so, we must also heed the voices of those who opposed Persia's imperial reach.

Baha'is Commemorate The Martyrdom Of The Bab

Rothwell Polk | Posted 09.07.2011 | Religion
Rothwell Polk

When the smoke cleared, the crowd gasped in astonishment and fear. Muhammad-'Ali still hung suspended by the ropes, but was unharmed and the Bab had disappeared!

July 9, 1850: The Martyrdom of the Bab

Jonathan Gandomi | Posted 09.07.2011 | Religion
Jonathan Gandomi

Each year on July 9, members of the Baha'i Faith commemorate the Martyrdom of the Báb, an event which -- according to Baha'is -- witnessed the execution of one of God's divine messengers to humanity.

On The Imprisonment of Iranian Filmmakers: A Moral Option For Iran and Any Government Presuming to Silence Its Artists

Michael Vazquez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Vazquez

I've asked film curator Milos Stehlik, of Chicago's Facets.org to write a guest essay in the earnest service of furnishing a dually historical and mor...

Afghanistan Is About Perpetual War

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvey Wasserman

The war in Afghanistan is about perpetual war, not Afghanistan. It's about preventing democracy in the United States, not bringing it to Southwest ...

Egyptian Group Seeks to Ban One Thousand and One Arabian Nights

Firas Al-Atraqchi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Firas Al-Atraqchi

In the latest effort to censor texts considered to be "offensive to the public good", an Egyptian NGO is attempting to ban the popular book One Thousand and One Arabian Nights.

Hollywood (Finally) Gives Us Positive Persians

Mojgan Sherkat | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Mojgan Sherkat

After decades of portraying Iranians as terrorists and villains, Hollywood has taken the first step toward giving my community its due by creating a blockbuster fantasy/action epic film.

Iran To Cut Ties With British Museum Over Loan Of Cyrus Cylinder

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Iran said it will cut ties with the British Museum on Monday because of the museum's failure to lend Tehran an anc...

'Water' by Steven Solomon: The Rise and Fall of Civilizations, a Water World Prequel

Charles Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Charles Taylor

Steve Solomon's new book on "Water" is the real world prequel to Kevin Kostner's "Water World." No fiction here, but nonetheless a multitude of wonderful stories and insights brilliantly told.

The Guardian: Ahmadinejad Not Jewish, Family Didn't Convert

The Huffington Post | T.J. Ortenzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Just a couple weeks ago, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took to the podium inside the U.N.'s grand hall and suggested that there was a worldwid...