Geoffrey Fox

Reflections & Inquiries

In Iran, 2: The empire at the center of the world


Persian empire

It has now been seven weeks since our return from Iran, and relations between that country and my homeland, the USA, have become even more histrionic. I can’t pretend to know what President Trump thinks about the country, or if he does (I rather doubt it), but his advisers appear to expect the Islamic Republic … read more »

Ten days in Iran: 1


From September 7-17, Susana and I were part of a 12-person tour of Iran  organized by The Nation magazine, from Tehran to Kashan to Isfahan to Persepolis to Shiraz, in the company of an extraordinarily well-prepared and multilingual guide (Ali Sadrnia, the tall man in the back row of the photo of our group, taken … read more »

Coming events!


I’ve got lots to tell you but all our travels and then a connectivity glitch have interrupted my efforts to post. Here is a quick list of upcoming topics, to be developed once we finally get home and can catch up and settle into our work routine. Iran:  Our ten-day tour (September 7-17) with pictures, … read more »

The Mediterranean world circa 1520

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Leo the African by Amin Maalouf My rating: 4 of 5 stars Amin Malouf’s first novel is a wonderfully vivid reimagining of the life of Hasan al-Wazzan, better known as Leo Africanus, the 16th century chronicler whose Della descrittione dell’Africa et delle cose notabili che iui sono was for decades Europe’s principal reference work on … read more »



Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity by Richard M. Rorty My rating: 5 of 5 stars Rorty is a delightfully stimulating conversation companion, starting a conversation in my head as I read and recognize many observations and have to puzzle over others. In three major sections, he presents his view of how we humans can struggle for … read more »