Shah Abbas I, the fifth Saf av id ruler, came to power in 1587. Under his rule Iran became a great polit ical power, transforming international trade and diplomacy. His legacy, however, goes beyond political ambition and culminates in a clear and decisive vision for cultural and artistic expression and development.
Shah Abbas created a distinctive national identity by blending the ancient Iranian cultural identity with Shiism. (Intriguingly, this paralleled early nation-state developments in western Europe.) Today Shah Abbas occupies a special place in the national consciousness, as many look upon him as the founder of the modern state. His efforts to position Iran as a commercial and artistic centre between east and west have been inspirational for modern politicians who find in him a sense of national pride.
Source: Huffington Post
The New York Times assigned to the story a campaign-trail reporter, Sheryl Gay Stolberg, whose political perceptions are bland and whose knowledge of Israeli-American relations is an antiseptic zero. At the newspaper of record, a thing like that does not happen by accident. They took the most anxiously awaited meeting with a foreign leader of President Obama’s term thus far, and buried it on page 12. The coverage of a major event, which the same newspaper had greeted only the day before by running an oversize attack-Iran op-ed by Jeffrey Goldberg, has officially now shrunk to the scale of a smaller op-ed.