Wedding Song Memoirs of an Iranian Jewish Woman

ISBN-10: 1584654449

ISBN-13: 9781584654445

Edition: N/A

Authors: Farideh Goldin
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Description: Farideh Goldin was born to her fifteen-year-old mother in 1953 and into a Jewish community living in an increasingly hostile Islamic state--prerevolutionary Iran. This memoir is Goldin's passionate and painful account of her childhood in a poor Jewish household and her emigration to the United States in 1975. As she recalls trips to the market and the mikvah, and as she evokes ritual celebrations like weddings, Goldin chronicles her childhood, her extended family, and the lives of the women in her community in Shiraz, a southern Iranian city. Her memoir details her parents' "courtship" (her father selected her mother from a group of adolescent girls), her mother's lonely life as a child-bride, and Goldin's childhood home which was presided over by her paternal grandmother. Goldin's memoir conveys not just the personal trauma of growing up in a family fraught with discord but also the tragic human costs of religious dogmatism. In Goldin's experience, Jewish fundamentalism was intensified by an Islamic context. Although the Muslims were antagonistic to Jews, their views on women's roles and their treatment of women influenced the attitude and practices of some Iranian Jews. In this brave and dispassionate portrayal of a little-known corner of Jewish life, Farideh Goldin confronts profound sadness yet captures the joys of a child's wonder as she savors the scenes and textures and scents of Jewish Iran. Readers share her youthful adventures and dangers, coming to understand how such experiences shape her choice.

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 9/21/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 220
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.726

Prologue: Iranian Memoirs
Blood Lines
Maman: My Mother
Baba: My Father
Maman's Story
Baba's Story
A New Life in Shiraz
Aziza
My Grandmother's House
My Childhood Home
A Day at the Hamam
The Question of Virginity
The Garden Wedding
A Divorce in the Family
My Education
Private Lessons: Fear
A Restless Year
The Price of a Woman's Education
Khanom-bozorg
The First Grade
Leaving The Mahaleh
A Place for Me
Our New Home
My Space
Out of Place
A Piece of Chocolate
Marriage: A Woman's Dream
Khastegaree: Marriage Proposals
Feathers and Hair
A Viewing
My New World
Leaving Iran
Bibi
A Match for Me
The Last Days
Epilogue: September 2001
Nightmares
A Closure
Acknowledgments
Glossary
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