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Arms and Armour from Iran: The Bronze Age to the End of the Qajar Period [Hardcover]

Manouchehr Moshtagh Khorasani
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  • Hardcover: 776 pages
  • Publisher: Legat Verlag (30 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3932942221
  • ISBN-13: 978-3932942228
  • Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 26.7 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,414,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Arms and Armour from Iran This book is the result of more than a decade of intensive research in the field of Iranian arms and armor, illustrating for the first time selected arrays from 10 Iranian museums. The topic is introduced with a general overview of Iranian history with particular emphasis on military history. Drawing from more than 500 sources, this study also includes an overview of the development of historical copper, bronze, iron, and steel weapons such as swords, bows, maces, axes, shields, armor, and more. In-depth information regarding the classification of the various artifacts is also presented, and different signatures on swords and other weapons are illustrated wi...

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece 15 Dec 2010
Arms and Armor from Iran, is a masterpiece. A unique book of its own! I am very impressed how detailed and academic is this book! Whatever a student or scholar needs about this subject is included in this book! It starts from a short overview of Iran`s cultural and historical background and then from the Bronze age, Media, achaemenian, Parthian, Sassanid.... you`ll read very detrailed chapters of all those eras and also Later ones such as Timurid, Safavid, Qajar....
the Suthor not only introduced a detailed information about the arms and armor from different eras, he also paid attention to the meaning of the name Shamshir and has provided many different manuscripts...and also about the crucilble steel and many Persian Scholars of the time and their manuscripts and quotes about it.... one impressing thing abou the book is that each weapon, like shamshir, khanjar, pishqabz, kaman,.....all are introduced in such detail that one can make those!
afterwards you can even read about the Warriors! their traditions and also about Naqali, Tazie, Dervishes, Wrestling.... and also the different symbols and their meaning through time...like the lion and sun emblem...

This book is the only book of its kind that I could find whatever that I wanted about Iranian arms and armor! Dr.Moshtagh Khorasani worked on every little part of the arms and armor and has not omitted anything! I very much loved the book as its the most comprehensive book, very academic and original work and really invaluable research... this book should really be in any library in the world! it is a mobile classroom on Iranian arms and armor! It can solely be taught in universities for the topic of Iranian arms and armor...

I thank Dr.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpeice! 4 April 2007
By Jahun Moayedzadeh - Published on Amazon.com
What a work of art!! I consider this book to as precious and valuable as the masterpieces Mr. Khorasani did so much research on to write this book.

This is HANDS-DOWN THE BEST BOOK EVER (EVER) written on Iranian (or Middle Eastern) arms and armor. I would go as far as to say that this is one of the best books written on the subject of arms and armor.

Look, this book weights over 10 lbs. It consumed over 8 years of the Authors' life to gather and organize all the information in this book, and this book has a lot of information. Very important information. A lot of whats in this book is RARE information. Its amazing, so much of the information in this has never even been written in English before. So, much detail... I know without a hesitation that much of info was translated from Farsi and Arabic.

There is nothing like this book. Details are given, not only about the weapons and armor, but also about how it was worn and used. I really love how the Author put this together. There is so much detail about the conduct a warrior should have, how they lived there life, and the etiquette in which a man should carry himself and his sword. Mr. Khorasani, even includes Omar Khayyam's chapter on swords, from his book noruz-nameh, as well as many other important people. It has taught a lot about my heritage. So, much so, that I am even teaching my family about our heritage. I learned that swords and swordsmanship go deep in my veins. My ancestors were even called men of the sword by the Persians. I have been studying Japanese swordsmanship for about 5 years, and my father would always ask me why. I never had a good reply, until I got this book. Now he never asks anymore. Javanmardi, is the way which I try to live my life. This book has really changed me as a Persian and as a Martial artist. I carry the same pride around now as the Sassanian warriors or Ayyer did. Pride in my weapons. Pride in my skills. Pride in my long wavy hair.

If you are reading these reviews to decided if you should buy this book or if you are into arms and armor. BUY IT!! You can't go wrong. I bought this book the 1st week it was published last year, and its still in perfect condition. So, while it is a big book; it can still take some damage. I carried my copy around for the first 3 months i got it. The price on this book will only scare you for a minute. Once you actually see and feel this book, you won't regret it. I'm sure of that.

Thank you Mr Khorasani for the dedication and sacrifices you have made to to write this book. Its a real gem. You should be proud of yourself, for a job well done. I think what you have done and what this book, really, represents is something very special. Thanks again!

Noruzeh moborak!!

Jahun Moayedzadeh
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent review of Iranian Armor 23 Jan 2007
By Fathali Ghahremani - Published on Amazon.com
This is a truly exceptional book that discuss not only the armor of Iran but also details metal work in general. Its list of references will no doubt guide others in the field, allowing a better understanding of steel production, use and export from Iran. Any scholar that is interested in weaponry, it manufacture and its use in the order of battle of Iranian armies should consider this as a prime reference. Its chapter on steel manufacture is truly interesting.

I also hope that this erudite and much needed study will contribute to the revival of the ancient art of metal work in Iran.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful text with solid information 10 Dec 2006
By A. Lees - Published on Amazon.com
I've read this book and its fantastic ! The text begins with a great review of Persian history. The history really helps to put the arms and armor into proper cultural focus. Its really refreshing to see a good reference book made from someone who truly understand and loves Iranian culture. The arms and armor are completely referenced and there are many measurements and pictures for the individual arms. An excellent feature of this book is the section on deciphering the cartouches of swords. Also included is an indepth description of sword parts and components. The descriptions also include translations for the words into Farsi. The crucible steel is simply amazing! The watered blades are very well pictured with close ups of the defining characteristics of the sword. If someone is familiar with Persian weapons, it is easy to see that these arms were made by Persian craftsmen. I believe this book will be somewhat revolutionary and may make others arms and armor authors work much harder to raise their standards.

i felt it was my duty to write this since another review was so ignorant..

thank you and enjoy this great book!

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The New Standard 9 Jan 2007
By R. Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Full Disclosure: The author approached me to be a technical editor for this work based on my own expertise with arms and armour in East-Central Europe, which has direct historical ties to arms manufacture in Persia -- for example, the FRINGIA sabres -- and I accepted.

In the course of my work I have been in museum after museum, handled artifact after artifact, and read book, manual, and barely-preserved photocopy of 19th-century research done on arms and armor. None of that work, in total, matches what Manouchehr Moshtagh has achieved here. It is often described as "monumental." This is not simply due to the Cyclopean size of the work, but because it stands far above any of its rivals as an example of new weapons scholarship.

The book is exhaustive, it places Iranian arms and armor into their appropriate cultural context, and it does not assume specialized knowledge on the part of the reader. In short, although it is focused on a region outside my expertise, it is the book that I wish I had written, and I am quite confident that all future works of its type will use this book as their comparative standard.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arms and Armor from Iran 1 Feb 2007
By Runjeet Singh - Published on Amazon.com
'Arms and Armor from Iran' is an Academic study of immense proportions. Manouchehr Khorasani is not only able to transport us to the most important Persian collections in the world, but able to educate us on those Works of Art in fine grain detail. Due to the authors shear hard work, the book is able to cover vast time periods in Persian history, and cover a wide range of relevant topics. Manouchehr has been able to fill a gap in my library; his book will continue to be my first port of call when researching Persian Arms and Armour.
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