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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"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.
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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: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

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.

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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