My Sister, Guard Your Veil; My Brother, Guard Your Eyes : Uncensored Iranian Voices

ISBN-10: 0807004634
ISBN-13: 9780807004630
Edition: 2006
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Book details

Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 4/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 152
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

In the first anthology of its kind, Lila Azam Zanganeh argues that although Iran looms large in the American imagination, it is grossly misunderstood-seen either as the third pillar of Bush"s infamous "axis of evil" or as a nation teeming with youths clamoring for revolution. This collection showcases the real scope and complexity of Iran through the work of a stellar group of contributors-including Azar Nafisi and with original art by Marjane Satrapi. Their collective goal is to counter the many existing cultural and political clichés about Iran. Some of the pieces concern feminism, sexuality, or eroticism under the Islamic Republic; others are unorthodox political testimonies or about race and religion. Almost all these contributors have broken artistic and cultural taboos in their work. Journalist Reza Aslan, author of No God But God, explains why Iran is not a theocracy but, rather, a "mullahcracy." Mehrangiz Kar, a lawyer and human rights activist who was jailed in Iran and is currently a fellow at Harvard"s Kennedy School of Government, argues that the Iranian Revolution actually engendered the birth of feminism in Iran. Journalist Azadeh Moaveni reveals the underground parties and sex culture in Tehran, while Gelareh Asayesh, author of Saffron Sky, writes poignantly on why Iranians are not considered white in America, even though they think they are. Poet and writer Naghmeh Zarbafian expounds on the surreal experience of reading censored books in Iran, while Roya Hakakian, author of Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran, recalls the happy days of Iranian Jews. With a sharp, incisive introduction by Lila Azam Zanganeh, this diverse collection will alter what you thought you knew about Iran.

Lila Azam Zanganeh was born in Paris in 1976. She has taught literature, cinema, and Romance languages at Harvard University. She now writes and lives mainly in New York City.

Introduction
The Stuff That Dreams are Made of
I Grew Up Thinking I Was White
How Can One Be Persian?
From Here to Mullahcracy
Death of a Mannequin
The Last Chapter in the Book of Exodus
Women Without Men
Sex in the Time of Mullahs
Misreading Kundera in Tehran
Receding Worlds
A Taste of My Cinema
An Alley Greener Than the Dream of God
Don't Cry for Me, America
Why Acting Set Me Free
Tehran Underground
Contributors' Biographies
Acknowledgments
Credits

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