"Shenakht-e Donya-ye Gharb" (Understanding the Western World) is a 670 page book that will take you on a journey through numerous history-making events in the Western world from ancient times leading to the contemporary period. This multi-dimensional (historical, religious, cultural, political and psychoanalytical) book is rich with facts and enlightening material which are often eye-openers. This work will help Persian (Farsi) readers to learn and understand the depths of Western socio-cultural background which is distinct and different from Eastern culture. This may enable them to have better communication with, and more realistic expectations of Western society, and follow their own legitimate interests in the complex world they live in. Western society and culture is best understood by viewing it from the angle of the West's own historical background and experiences, as can be learned from this book, rather than through the lenses of other societies' beliefs and ideologies. "Shenakht-e Donya-ye Gharb" is a classic and lasting book that will remain relevant and enlightening for generations to come, and therefore will have a permanent place on libraries' book shelves.
For a preview of this multi-dimensional book written in Persian (Farsi), The best practical sample in English to offer is an abbreviated summary of the Table of Contents translated from Persian text as follows: Preface Chapter One - How Christianity Formed and Expanded in the Western World Chapter Two - Fall of Western Roman Empire, Rise of Christianity in Europe Chapter Three - Sex And The Church - primary steps taken for changing the moral values of society... Chapter Four - the Church's Sexual Ideal - issuing extreme rules on morality to control people's behavior in their personal lives... Chapter Five - Indulgence and Suppression - Shame Culture and Guilt Culture; Patrism (conservatism) and Matrism (liberalism) concepts... Chapter Six - Conflict and Collision - Troubadour and Cathari movements... Chapter Seven - Witchcraft And The Church - Inquisition... Chapter Eight - Renaissance in Europe - Renaissance Popes (Pius II, Paul II, Sixtus IV, Innocent VIII, Alexander VI or Borgia Pope, Julius II, Leo X); Niccolo Machiavelli; Desiderius Erasmus... Chapter Nine - Reformation (Protestant Movements) - Martin Luther; John Calvin... Chapter Ten - Renaissance and Reformation in England - Separation of Church of England from Roman Catholic Church during the reign of Henry VIII; six wives of Henry VIII including Anne Boleyn (the mother of Queen Elizabeth I) who was beheaded; Matrism movement; Puritanism (a Patrist movement); Counter Reformation in Catholic Church... Chapter Eleven - Age of Reason and Sensuality Chapter Twelve - Romantic Quest Chapter Thirteen - Victorian era - Evangelical movement... Chapter Fourteen - West in Contemporary Periods - Separation of Church and State in the West and in particular in the United States... Index Bibliography the detailed Table of Contents in Persian can be viewed at: www.hashemifard.com