Iran

The poster for "Habibi, Love's Revolutions" features art by Alireza Shojaian.

How 23 Artists Explore Queerness in the Arab World

"Habibi, Love's Revolutions" reflects on LGBTQ experiences and identities

“This homage is a call for action to support the current revolution in Iran, led by brave Iranian women risking their lives to stand up against oppression to overthrow a longtime authoritarian regime,” the Anonymous Artist Collective for Iran says.

Iranian Artists Stage Anonymous Protest at the Guggenheim Museum

The group draped red banners across four floors in support of the protests gathering momentum in Iran

Outisde of the Artists Forum at Tehran's Honarmandan Park, an anonymous activist dyed a fountain blood red.

Tehran's Fountains Turn Blood Red in Anonymous Protest Art

Iranians are using art to challenge the government's "morality police" and violent crackdowns following the death of Mahsa Amini

Bakhtiari nomads in the Zagros Mountains of Iran in June 2017

How Nomads Shaped Centuries of Civilization

A new book celebrates the achievements of wanderers, whose stories have long been overlooked

On August 19, crowds gathered at the New York Public Library in solidarity with Salman Rushdie.

As Salman Rushdie Recovers, Renowned Writers Read Aloud From His Work

Paul Auster, Jeffrey Eugenides and others championed free speech at the New York Public Library

Over the past century, archaeologists have uncovered more than 1,600 Proto-Elamite inscriptions, but only about 43 in Linear Elamite, scattered widely across Iran.

Have Scholars Finally Deciphered a Mysterious Ancient Script?

Linear Elamite, a writing system used in what is now Iran, may reveal the secrets of a little-known kingdom bordering Sumer

A pair of rock reliefs found at Rabana-Merquly may depict Natounissar, an ancient Adiabene king linked to the lost city of Natounia.

Cool Finds

Why Archaeologists Think They've Found the Lost City of Natounia

New research draws on rock reliefs and ancient coins to link the Rabana-Merquly fortress in Iraq to a vassal state of the Parthian Empire

A gold Achaemenid plaque featuring a winged lion-griffin, dated to between 500 and 330 B.C.E.

In the Classical World, Persia's Powers Rivaled Greece and Rome

An exhibition at the Getty Villa in Los Angeles shows how ancient Iran held its own against its better-known contemporaries

Detail of Ronald N. Sherr's General Colin Powell, 2012, oil on canvas

History of Now

Colin Powell, First Black Secretary of State, Dies of Covid-19 at 84

The decorated general broke racial barriers in the U.S. military but attracted criticism for his part in paving the way for the Iraq War

DNA from the skin of this mummified sheep leg allowed researchers to study sheep husbandry practices in ancient Iran.

Researchers Recover DNA From 1,600-Year-Old, Naturally Mummified Sheep Leg

The molecules offer insights on ancient farming practices near the Chehrabad salt mine in Iran

Pourang Mokhtari watches over the family's goats and sheep high in the Zagros Mountains.

Passage Through the Zagros

True to an ancient way of life, a family in Iran makes a treacherous seasonal migration across the mountains

A part-human, part-insect glyph found in Iran

Cool Finds

Possible Half-Human, Half-Praying-Mantis Carving Found on Ancient Rocks

The puzzling glyph, which bears some resemblance to the "squatting man" motif, suggests that insects have long held a place in human lore

The manuscript features an array of gilded designs and illustrations.

Stolen Collection of Persian Poetry Found With Help of 'Indiana Jones of the Art World' Goes on Auction

The 15th-century edition of Hafez's "Divan" will be sold at Sotheby's next month

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