14 episodes

The History of Iran from ca. 3000 BCE to the early 20th centiry

Iranologie: the History of Iran Podcast Khodadad Rezakhan

    • History
    • 4.3, 82 Ratings

The History of Iran from ca. 3000 BCE to the early 20th centiry

    Special Episodes, Ep. 1

    Special Episodes, Ep. 1

    This episode is produced in Persian

    • 29 min
    Episode 12: One more on Cyrus and the Origins of His Empire

    Episode 12: One more on Cyrus and the Origins of His Empire

    Cyrus and the conquest of Media and Elam.

    • 24 min
    Episode 11: Kingdom of Anshan and Cyrus the Great

    Episode 11: Kingdom of Anshan and Cyrus the Great

    This episode will talk about the Kingdom of Anshan and the historical context of the rise of Cyrus. It will also retell the story of the birth of Cyrus as told by Herodotus and provides a corrective.

    • 21 min
    Episode 10: the World that Cyrus Conquered

    Episode 10: the World that Cyrus Conquered

    This is a survey of the world in which Cyrus started his career. A look at the Mediterranean World, China, Central Asia, and then the Mesopotamian context for the rise of Cyrus.

    • 25 min
    Episode 9: the Disappearing Kingdom: Medes and the Median Empire

    Episode 9: the Disappearing Kingdom: Medes and the Median Empire

    History of Iran podcast, episode nine. On the Herodotian narrative of the Median Empire and modern scholarship's correctives to it.

    • 37 min
    Applogy amd Explanation Episode

    Applogy amd Explanation Episode

    where I apologise about the temporary break and talk about the upcoming episode

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
82 Ratings

82 Ratings

katandbrandon ,

Great podcast

I have enjoyed this podcast, and want to hear more~! KR please produce more shows - now more than ever it is important to consider Iran.

Cpdb ,

Lots of good details, but discredited by racist overtones.

Initially I really liked this podcast because the narrator has a lot of details and knowledge. He doesn’t make it silly by talking about Aliens or spirits but refers to Archeology and linguistics.
However, he inserts and presents a lot of his personal opinions as if they are fact.
He has some racist overtones when referring Europeans. For example he Dismisses any possible invasions by indo-eurpeans into India or the Middle East, only because they are “Europeans”. He says they would have been to small or that the locals had fought more powerful people. Therefore he states as a matter of fact that any suggestion that indo “Europeans” invaded the near east region or India is Racist. The Mongols invaded the same area and completely destroyed all of the Empires of the same area. The mongols became the Moguls in India and shows clearly that a horse culture could overcome civilized settlements. His dismissal is completely based on race or the word European and nothing to do with evidence.

That is just one example. I don’t have time to write all the example. I only wish he would leave race out of the conversation and just state facts. That will help to reduce racism rather then perpetuating it.

Other then his personal racist issues, he very knowledgeable and articulate. I will continue to listen but I will filter out racist opinions as I have to do with anyone who brings up race.

Hollyoke ,

Miss this podcast

This is an excellent podcast. It is extremely informative. Yes, at times it resembles a university lecture, but I don't mind this format at all. Dr. Rezakhani is a fantastic narrator, superbly knowledgeable about the topic. There hasn't been an update on the episodes in a long, long time, but I am still hopeful that the podcast will come back. Westerners like me know sadly little about the Middle East, which is really the cradle of our civilization and the languages most of us (people living in Europe and both American continents) speak today. We need educational content like this that we can access outside the academic environment.

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