In the footsteps of alexander the great, part 2: Following Alexander the Great through Turkey and Iran

In the 19th century, Sir Richard Burton made a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia disguised as a Muslim. In the 21st century, the author made a pilgrimage to the sacred shrine of Emam Reza in Mashad, Iran, disguised as a dervish. That is the end of the book.

To get there, the author follows Alexander the Great's path from Gaziantep, Turkey, to the heart of the Persian Empire, Persepolis and Pasagardae, in Iran. When Darius III is vanquished, the author's mandatory visit, required by the Islamic Republic of Iran, is to Esfahan.