Discussing the book with Mrs. Karen Hughes, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and a close ad visor to the U.S. president

Iran & America: Rekindling A Love Lost

 What a terrific accomplishment…I am enjoying and also being informed by it.  …You have done a great service…I hope we will someday see a “rekindling of a love lost.”
Timothy B. Taylor, Judge of the Superior Court

Your Iran and America exudes a love for these two countries that is infectious, and I truly hope that this sprit will have its intended effect on the powers that be in both countries.
Peter L. Hoag, Professor, CRM consultant

…it contains valuable information regarding the history of Iran-US relations.
Deborah Pryce, U.S. House of Representatives- Ohio

Hopefully, the United States and Iran will one day become partners for peace and prosperity in the world.
Cliff Stearns, U.S. House of Representatives-Florida

Iran & America: Rekindling A Love Lost provides extensive information about:
The love affair that started in 1830,
The young American who gave his life for Iran,
Iran’s “ father of modern education”,
Iran’s contributions to the U.S.,
Iran as a super power, Similarities between Iran and America,
Why relations should be resumed, and much more…

Iran and America: Rekindling a Love Lost is a historical analysis of the relationship between these two great nations and a call for the rejuvenation of relations. My purpose in writing this book is to contribute to the reconciliation of the young and most technologically advanced nation with one of the ancient founders of world civilization. In sustaining the argument for rekindling this lost love, the book is divided into three parts. I first relate the story of the love affair and uproot the beginnings of resentment. In order to provide a better understanding of Iran and its people, I provide a brief history of the empire. To substantiate and support the claim that Iran is indeed an important and vital part of world civilization, I further recount a small number of contributions of Iran and Iranians both to the United States and the world. I conclude with an epilogue that provides a proposal for the actual route that should be taken in re-establishing relations.

The first part is devoted to the relations between Iran and America which actually started when two American Missionaries set foot in Iran in 1830. The efforts in the congress that eventually led to the appropriation of a budget to establish an official legation in Iran in 1883 is discussed. So is the majestic reception afforded to S.G.W. Benjamin as the first American Minister Resident in Iran. Much information such as numerous economic, military and cultural agreements between the two countries filled with sometimes amusing anecdotes are offered. Moreover, the efforts of many great Americans who brought American good will and gained immense and immortal popularity and respect in the hearts and minds of Iranians are described. Special attention is given to Howard Baskerville who fought and gave his life for the independence and freedom of Iran, Dr. Samuel Jordan who was called the father of modern education in Iran, and Professor Arthur Pope who prepared the most comprehensive work on Iranian Art. In the political arena, the U.S. involvement in Iran beginning in the World War II, the policy of support for autocracy (with an scholarly article by Professor H. Lajevardi from Harvard University), the Eisenhower Doctrine, Kennedy’s policy and the issues that created resentment among Iranians are discussed. In the economic arena, oil negotiations – starting from 1920- have a special place along with other agreements that reached as high as fifty billion dollars in 1976. In 1977, the number of Iranian students in the U.S. had reached 60,000. At the same time, the number of Americans in Iran had soared to 50,000. The 1979 Eslamic revolution led to the severance of the relationship between the two countries in 1980, and marks the end of this history of relations.

In the second part I will provide a brief summary of the history of Iran and Iranians. Iran, which today is about three times as large as France, has one of the longest histories in the world. Excavated caves, including one that has wall paintings, date from 40,000 to 65,000 BC Some of the most ancient organized settlements in the world have been found in Iran, dating from 8,000 BC or earlier. Later civilizations such as Akkadians, the Urartians in the northwest and the Elamites in the southwest, the Achaemenids who established the great Persian Empire, the Sassanids and others have left monumental traces of their cities and conquests, often depicted in bas-reliefs carved into the rocks and in written records. Several Persian major religions such as Mithraism, Zoroastrianism, Manicheism which became the basis for or influenced other world religions will be discussed. Attention will also be paid to Eslam which, according to Professor Richard Frye was rescued from a narrow Bedouin outlook primarily by the Iranians, who showed that Eslam, both as a religion and as a culture need not be bound solely to the Arabic language and Arab norms of behavior.

Part three includes a chapter regarding Iran’s contributions to the world. Development of agriculture by controlling the forces of nature and domesticating animals and plants and inventing ways and means of procuring water are discussed. In the area of crafts and industries, contemporary discovered data proves that much originated in the Iranian plateau 500 years before Egypt, 1,000 years before India, and 7,000 years before China. The first bricks, Iran’s influence on Christian, Byzantine, French, Italian and Indian architecture- including Taj Mahal- are among the things discussed. The wheel, roads, post and carriers, banks, checks, backgammon, cuisine, and perfume are among many contributions of Iranians to the world. A chapter is also devoted to the contribution of Iranians to the United States.

Finally, the epilogue encompasses the notion of Iran as a superpower, its major role and its unique geophysical presence in the Caspian region as well as in the Persian Gulf, why relations between Iran and the U.S. should be resumed and on what terms, and similarities between the two nations. Also in this section, a published article by two prominent professors on the reasons why resumption of diplomatic and scientific relations is of utmost significance for world safety with respect to nuclear energy is quoted in its entirety.


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