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Iran Offers a Window to the West

Shiraz, Iran: A cutout of a woman in front of Karim Khani Palace, a former prison. John Moore - Getty Images

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A journey through central Iran - in pictures

groundcovers: “Shah (emam) Mosque in Isfahan, Esfahan, Iran. Mohammad Domiri documents the intricacy of Iranian architecture Northern Iranian student Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji has photographed these...


A trip through the heart of Central Iran 25 years after Khomeini's death

"Preachers who display their piety in prayer and pulpit," the poet Havez wrote 600 years ago, "behave differently when they're alone. Why do those who demand repentance do so little of it?"

African slaves in Iran during the Qajar era were often eunuchs. Their dress suggests that they belonged to the king or high-ranking members of his court. From right: Aqay-i ‘Almas khan, Aqay-i Bahram khan, Aqay-i Masrur, Aqay-i A Seyid Mustafa, Aqay-i Iqbal khan, and Aqay-i Yaqut khan, 1880s. Photograph: Modern Conflict Archive, London, UK