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Soul of Iran A Nation's Struggle for Freedom

ISBN-10: 0393325970
ISBN-13: 9780393325973
Edition: 2005 (Revised)
Authors: Afshin Molavi
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Description: "Death to America," the bearded student chants as television cameras roll; when the cameras leave, the students accosts Afshin Molavi: "I hear you have come from America! How can I get a green card?" This is Iran, the culmination of 2,600 years of  More...

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List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/17/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.51" wide x 8.27" long x 0.98" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

"Death to America," the bearded student chants as television cameras roll; when the cameras leave, the students accosts Afshin Molavi: "I hear you have come from America! How can I get a green card?" This is Iran, the culmination of 2,600 years of Persian history and a nation of many realities. Molavi, born in Iran and fluent in Farsi, traveled his homeland for over a year, meeting with students of the right and left, bazaar merchants, Islamic clerics, pro-democracy writers, and kids hooked on anything Western. All opened their hearts to Molavi, speaking candidly about issues that matter to them: from unemployment to the Internet, from the ruling clerics to green cards.

Afshin Molavi holds a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University and has reported on Iran for Reuters and the Washington Post. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Acknowledgments
Prologue
The Sleeping Guardian of the Islamic Books
Notes on a Pilgrimage: Cyrus the Great
Currencies and Passports aboard Iran Air Flight 327 to Shiraz
What Is the Name of This Street?
Persepolis: Celebrations and Revolutions
The Zoroastrian Stamp
Colonial Markings
Ancient History and Green Cards
Pilgrimage to the Tomb of Cyrus the Great
Cities: Tehran, Shiraz, Persepolis, Pasargad
The Imam and the Poet: An Introduction
Mr. Ghassemi's Funeral
Islam and the Iranian Accommodation
Mohammad's Melon Truck Tour
The Sunni/Shi'a Split
Mourning and Miracles
Pilgrimage: Ferdowsi, the Poet
Imam Ali or Rostam?
"Global Arrogance" and Green Cards at the Nader Shah Museum
Pilgrimage: Imam Reza Tomb
Cities: Mashhad, Tous
The Politics of Personal Appearance
A "Blasphemous" Play
Dance Party
Campus Politics
Hard-Liners and Green Cards
Elites and Masses
The Road to Neishapour
Notes on a Pilgrimage: Omar Khayyam, the Poet
The Spice Men of the Bazaar
The Pilgrimage: Omar Khayyam Tomb
Mohsen, the Student, and Hassan, the War Veteran
Martyrs' Cemetery
Cities: Tehran, Neishapour
The Silenced Satirist
Red Lines
Narges and the Censoring of Milan Kundera
Why a Fourteenth-Century Poet Speaks So Eloquently to Contemporary Iranians
Pilgrimage: The Tomb of Hafez, the Poet
Mrs. Teimouri's Wedding
The Case of Akbar Ganji: Journalist, Prodemocracy Advocate, Prisoner
Cities: Tehran, Shiraz
Islam and Democracy
The Shi'atization of Iran
Sensual Isfahan
The Bazaar and the Mosque
Pilgrimage: Mullah Mohammad Bagher Majlesi and the Rise of the Shi'a Cleric
Mr. Mohseni, the Young Cleric
Cities: Tehran, Isfahan
Winds of Reform
A Murder in Kashan
Tabriz Student Protests, 1999
The Case of Ahmad Batebi
Iran's Fight for a Constitution: 1906-11
An American Constitutionalist in Tabriz
"The Strangling of Persia": A Constitutional Ending
The Parliament of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Cities: Tehran, Kashan, Tabriz
My Tehran
"The International Congress on the Elucidation of the Islamic Revolution and the Thoughts of Imam Khomeini"
"A Jug of Love"
Mr. Hashemi and the Pro-Khomeini "Oppressed"
Reza Shah: Forgotten Shrine, Remembered King
The Khomeini Rise
Pilgrimage: The Shrine of Ayatollah Khomeini
Cities: Tehran, Rey
My Friend Hossein
Hossein's War
Journey to Ahvaz
War Miracles
Pilgrimage: War Martyrs' Shrine
Haji Agha Abu Torabi and the Prisoners of War
Cities: Tehran, Ahvaz, Abadan, Khorramshahr, Shalamcheh
Storming the Gates with the Software Engineers
Children of the Revolution
Visas and Billboards
"In Damascus, I Can Breathe"
The Canadian Embassy Visa Pilgrimage
Farewell, Iran
Cities: Tehran, Damascus (Syria)
On Thugs and Freedom
Anatomy of a Crackdown
Notes on a Pilgrimage: Mohammad Mossadeq, a CIA Coup, and Democracy Battered
Mr. M. and the Nationalist "Por-rooh" Technocrats
A Qom Detour
Afternoon with a Hostage Taker
Pilgrimage: The Shrine of Mohammad Mossadeq
Soccer and the Iranian Predicament
Cities: Tehran, Qom, Ahmadabad
Epilogue: The June 2005 Presidential Election

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