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Drinking Arak off an Ayatollah's Beard A Journey Through the Inside-Out Worlds of Iran and Afghanistan

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ISBN-10: 0306818841

ISBN-13: 9780306818844

Edition: 2010

Authors: Nicholas Jubber

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Iran and Afghanistan. Two modern countries so overtaken by Islamic fundamentalism that many citizens spend their entire lives hiding what they do, enjoy, and value. To better understand the cultural issues and paradoxes facing Iranians and Afghans today, Nicholas Jubber travels from the underground dance parties of Tehran to the opium dens of south Afghanistan. Along the way he discovers traces of a vibrant, pre-Islamic Persian culture, and with each encounter he is increasingly drawn back to an unlikely sourceFerdowsi, the father of Persian culture, whose eleventh century epic, theShahnameh("Book of Kings"), becomes both Jubber's window into the region's past and his link to its tumultuous present.
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Da Capo Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/4/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Nicholas Jubber was educated at Downside School and Oxford University. His travels have taken him through South America, Africa, the Middle East and many parts of Asia, and he has written for the Tablet, Boston's Globe and Mail and the Lebanese Daily Star. The Prester Quest is his first book.

Preface
Map
Prologue
Iran
The Inside-Out City
The Most Persian Persian
The Snake-Shouldered Tyrant
In the Land of Fire
Minstrels in the Mountains
Afghanistan
The Prisoner Poets
Tea with a Warlord
Iran and Central Asia
Tahmineh's Secret
The Man in the Moon
Poets, Polymaths, and Pleasure-Daughters
Afghanistan
The Adventures of Abbas
How to Walk Like an Afghan
A Holiday House in Helmand
Iran
The Bird in the Coffee Cup
Drinking Arak Off an Ayatollah's Beard
Afghanistan
The Road to Ghazni
Insultin' the Sultan
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Glossary
Bibliography