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The Soul of Iran

The Soul of Iran

A Nation's Journey to Freedom

Book - 2005
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Baker & Taylor
An insider's portrait of Iran seeks to measure the true feelings of its citizens despite government and media profiles, chronicling the author's year-long journey during which he interviewed people from all walks of life and uncovered a fascination for western ways of life. Originally published as Persian Pilgrimages. Original.

Norton Pub
Iran thundered onto the world stage in 1979 with an Islamic revolution that shook the world. Today that revolution has gone astray, a popular democracy movement boldly challenges authority, and young Iranians are more interested in moving to America than in chanting "Death to America." Afshin Molavi, born in Iran and fluent in Persian, traveled widely across his homeland, exploring the legacy of the Iranian revolution and probing the soul of Iran, a land with nearly three millennia of often-glorious history. Like a master Persian carpet maker, Molavi weaves together threads of rich historical insight, political analysis, cultural observation, and the daily realities of life in the Islamic republic to produce a colorful, intricate, and mesmerizing narrative. Originally published in hardcover under the title Persian Pilgrimages, this paperback edition is revised, with a new introduction and epilogue.
The truths about Iran; quite different truths from versions put forward by Washington, Tehran, and the media.

Book News
Molavi (a fellow at the New America Foundation) presents a journalistic account of his travels around contemporary Iran, in which he interviewed a broad range of Iranian people, including hardline supporters of the Khomeinist political regime; young men trading pop music from "Tehrangeles" (the large Iranian community in Los Angeles); the grandson of Mohhamed Mossadeq, the prime minister overthrown in a CIA-engineered coup in the 1950s; lovers of poetry taking pride in the grand Persian literary traditions; and many others. He combines these experiences with excursions into Iranian history in order to provide a portrait of the country that is richer and more nuanced than that to which most Americans are exposed; but it is still shaped by his identity as an American journalist (albeit of Iranian ethnicity). Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton, 2005
Edition: Rev. ed
ISBN: 9780393325973
Characteristics: xxiii, 355 p., [12] leaves of plates : ill. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Molavi, Afshin Persian pilgrimages


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