A book titled “Understanding Iran: A History of Philippines-Iran Relations” authored by retired career diplomat Mariano Dumia is off the press.
The book presents a brief history of Iran and traces the development of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Iran during the Pahlavi monarchy from 1964 to 1979 and from 1979 to 2016 during the Islamic governance of Supreme Leaders Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The pioneer book on Philippines-Iran relations offers readers deeper understanding about Iran and its people as well as the various geopolitical, consular and socio-cultural issues of cooperation as well as the challenges and future perspective of the two countries’ relations.
It also highlights the continuing saga of close people to people interactions, inter-marriages, cultural commonalities, and the vital role of the growing Filipino-Iranian diaspora in both countries—a key dimension and pillar of Philippines-Iran relations.
The author served as Charge d’ Affaires of the Philippine Embassy in Tehran from 2010 to 2012 and as Minister and Consul General from 1996 to 1997. He is currently a senior lecturer at the Department of International Studies, Miriam College, Quezon City.