Towfighi, Parviz S.

Parviz S. Towfighi studied architecture and urban planning in Iran before coming to the United States for further studies at Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, receiving his Ph.D. from the latter. Dr. Towfighi has worked in service to the United Nations in both New York and the Center for Human Settlements in Nairobi, Kenya.

1400 Year War Between Islam and the West. The Paradigm for Understanding and Overcoming Enmity Among Civilizations
2015 0-7734-0917-3
Searches the development of Judaism, Christianity and Islam to provide reasons for the hatred of a faction of the Islamic world toward the West in general, and the United States in particular. It examines the possibility that the roots of this animosity are the result of the historical interactions between these three Abrahamic religions and more fundamentally the result of corruption of the original message of each religion.

From Persian Empire to Islamic Iran: A History of Nationalism in the Middle East
2009 0-7734-4779-2
This book examines the relationship between Iranian nationalism and Islam, especially Shi ‘ism as the adopted official religion of the country by the founder of the Safavid Dynasty in 1501 A.D. The study covers selected periods in fourteen centuries of Iranian history with greatest emphasis on the last two centuries where secular Western reformist ideas overlap with progressive religious thinking.