The Soul of Iran A Nation s Struggle for FreedomThe Soul of Iran A Nation s Struggle for Freedom



Originally published in hardcover under the title Persian Pilgrimages, this paperback edition is revised, with a new introduction and epilogue.

Author: Afshin Molavi

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393078756

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The truths about Iran; quite different truths from versions put forward by Washington, Tehran, and the media. 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.

Children of ParadiseChildren of Paradise



Essential reading at this moment when the fates of our countries have never been more entwined, Children of Paradise will stand as a classic of political reporting; an indelible portrait of a nation and its people striving for change.

Author: Laura Secor

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780698172487

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The drama that shaped today’s Iran, from the Revolution to the present day. In 1979, seemingly overnight—moving at a clip some thirty years faster than the rest of the world—Iran became the first revolutionary theocracy in modern times. Since then, the country has been largely a black box to the West, a sinister presence looming over the horizon. But inside Iran, a breathtaking drama has unfolded since then, as religious thinkers, political operatives, poets, journalists, and activists have imagined and reimagined what Iran should be. They have drawn as deeply on the traditions of the West as of the East and have acted upon their beliefs with urgency and passion, frequently staking their lives for them. With more than a decade of experience reporting on, researching, and writing about Iran, Laura Secor narrates this unprecedented history as a story of individuals caught up in the slipstream of their time, seizing and wielding ideas powerful enough to shift its course as they wrestle with their country’s apparatus of violent repression as well as its rich and often tragic history. Essential reading at this moment when the fates of our countries have never been more entwined, Children of Paradise will stand as a classic of political reporting; an indelible portrait of a nation and its people striving for change. From the Hardcover edition.

The IraniansThe Iranians



Persia, Islam, and the Soul of a Nation The first in-depth study of Iran since Khomeni's death reveals astonishing facts about this complex, volatile and strategically important country.

Author: Sandra Mackey

Publisher: Plume

ISBN: UOM:39076002117542

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Page: 442

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Persia, Islam, and the Soul of a Nation The first in-depth study of Iran since Khomeni's death reveals astonishing facts about this complex, volatile and strategically important country.

We Are IranWe Are Iran



There are now 64,000 blogs in Farsi, and Nasrin Alavi has painstakingly reviewed them all, weaving the most powerful and provocative into a striking picture of the flowering of dissent in Iran.

Author: Nasrin Alavi

Publisher: Soft Skull Press

ISBN: 9781933368054

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Page: 336

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There are now 64,000 blogs in Farsi, and Nasrin Alavi has painstakingly reviewed them all, weaving the most powerful and provocative into a striking picture of the flowering of dissent in Iran.

Windows of the SoulWindows of the Soul



A leading photojournalist recalls her twenty years of working in some of the world's most dangerous places, including the Gaza Strip, Somalia, the Sudan, and Central Asia, in a volume filled with 150 remarkable photographs documenting her ...

Author: Alexandra Avakian

Publisher: National Geographic Books

ISBN: 9781426203206

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Page: 207

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A leading photojournalist recalls her twenty years of working in some of the world's most dangerous places, including the Gaza Strip, Somalia, the Sudan, and Central Asia, in a volume filled with 150 remarkable photographs documenting her travels with Yasser Arafat, portraits of Muslim culture in America, and other aspects of Muslim life. 12,500 first printing.

The Fight for IranThe Fight for Iran



The Fight for Iran is an in-depth look at that potential for change, as well as at the beliefs, ideas and values of the different factions that now exist within the Iranian opposition.

Author: Ilan Berman

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 9781538143476

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Today, more than four decades after its founding, the Islamic Republic of Iran is arguably at the weakest point in its history. At home, deteriorating domestic conditions, a profoundly disaffected population, and an increasingly unpopular official ideology have helped to galvanize opposition to the country's ruling clerical regime. Meanwhile, mounting economic and political pressure from the United States have taken aim at the country's economy and its malign regional behavior. The end result of this confluence of forces could very well be a new political upheaval within the country. The Fight for Iran is an in-depth look at that potential for change, as well as at the beliefs, ideas and values of the different factions that now exist within the Iranian opposition. It represents a chronicle of what, forty-one years after the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's Islamic Revolution, has become a profound political struggle for the soul of one of the Middle East's most important nations.

Woven from the Soul Spun from the HeartWoven from the Soul Spun from the Heart



This first integrated study of the role of textiles in the development of the Persian nation (now Iran) reveals their unique importance to international trade and economics and to the cultural environment.

Author: Carol Bier

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105032447992

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Page: 336

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This first integrated study of the role of textiles in the development of the Persian nation (now Iran) reveals their unique importance to international trade and economics and to the cultural environment. The result of extensive scholastic research, the touring exhibition traces the evolution of the art through the major textile-producing eras, of the Safawid and Kajar dynasties, from the sixteenth to early twentieth century.

The Voyage and the MessengerThe Voyage and the Messenger



A study of religious philosophy, an exploration of visionary faith, these pages offer a superb meditation on the great themes of Perso-Islamic mysticism - the Sufi theory of knowledge, the voyage within the soul, le rituel de la coupe - and ...

Author: Henry Corbin

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781556432699

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Page: 236

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A study of religious philosophy, an exploration of visionary faith, these pages offer a superb meditation on the great themes of Perso-Islamic mysticism - the Sufi theory of knowledge, the voyage within the soul, le rituel de la coupe - and an illuminating glimpse into the philosophic universes of Sohravardi, Ibn Arabi, and Molla Sarda Shirazi.

The Second WorldThe Second World



Azerbaijan sanctioned by the United States under the controversial section 907
of the Iran Libya Sanctions Act (ILSA). 8. The Russo-Iranian ... Molavi, The Soul of
Iran: A Nation's Journey to Freedom (New York: W. W. Norton, 2005), 211. 9.

Author: Parag Khanna

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141930817

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At the end of the Cold War, we found ourselves living in a world with one superpower, the United States. Now, at the start of the twenty-first century, Parag Khanna argues powerfully that the moment of American supremacy is over, brought about by the increasing influence of what he terms the Second World: Eastern Europe, Central Asia, South America, the Middle East and East Asia. Travelling from Azerbaijan to Venezuela, China's hinterlands to Gaddafi's Libya, Parag Khanna explores these countries and their global significance. For as the three superpowers - the US, the EU and China - compete for influence in the Second World, citizens of these countries can already feel the these imperial forces exerting their influence and affecting the global balance of power. In a bold and provocative style, The Second World makes clear what's at stake, for whoever dominates the Second World will lead the twenty-first century - or become a part of the Second World itself.

Rumi Bridge to the SoulRumi Bridge to the Soul



He thought it appropriate that Iran own its own resources, for God's sake. ...
During that time Iran was getting about 16 percent of the money from the oil taken
out of its home ground by the AngloIranian Oil Company, which later became BP,
 ...

Author: Coleman Barks

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061753398

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2007 is the "Year of Rumi," and who better than Coleman Barks, Rumi's unlikely, supremely passionate ambassador, to mark the milestone of this great poet's 800th birthday? Barks, who was recently awarded an honorary doctorate in Persian language and literature by the University of Tehran for his thirty years of translating Rumi, has collected and translated ninety new poems, most of them never published before in any form. The result is this beautiful edition titled Rumi: Bridge to the Soul. The "bridge" in the title is a reference to the Khajou Bridge in Isphahan, Iran, which Barks visited with Robert Bly in May of 2006—a trip that in many ways prompted this book. The "soul bridge" also suggests Rumi himself, who crosses cultures and religions and brings us all together to listen to his words, regardless of origin or creed. Open this book and let Rumi's poetry carry you into the interior silence and joy of the spirit, the place that unites conscious knowing with a deeper, more soulful understanding.

Politics Poetry and Sufism in Medieval IranPolitics Poetry and Sufism in Medieval Iran



He goes on to explain the potency of the symbolism of the tale by first arguing
that the Greek version of the story is, in the tru- est sense of the word, an “
autobiography of the human soul.”2 In other words, besides being a dramatic
expression of ...

Author: Chad Lingwood

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004255890

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In Politics, Poetry, and Sufism in Medieval Iran Chad Lingwood offers new insights into the political significance of poetry and Sufism at the Āq Qoyūnlū court of Sulṭān Ya‘qūb.

Rumi s Little Book of LifeRumi s Little Book of Life



Translated by native Persian speakers, Maryam Mafi and Azima Melita, this collection will appeal to Rumi lovers everywhere. This collection of mystical poetry focuses on one of life's core issues: coming to grips with the inner life.

Author: Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī (Maulana)

Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing

ISBN: 9781571746894

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From Madonna to Deepak Chopra, celebrities have been recording and embracing Rumi's poetry for the past two decades, creating a resurgence of interest in this 14th century Sufi mystic. Rumi's Little Book of Life is a beautiful collection of 196 poems by Rumi, previously unavailable in English. Translated by native Persian speakers, Maryam Mafi and Azima Melita, this collection will appeal to Rumi lovers everywhere. This collection of mystical poetry focuses on one of life's core issues: coming to grips with the inner life. During the course of life, each of us is engaged on an inner journey. Rumi's Little Book of Life is a guidebook for that journey. The poetry is a companion for those who consciously enter the inner world to explore the gardens within - out of the everyday "world of dust"-through an ascending hierarchy that restores one's soul to the heart; the heart of the spirit; and in finding spirit, transcending all.

Deterrence in an Era of Iranian Nuclear ProliferationDeterrence in an Era of Iranian Nuclear Proliferation



Iran and international and regional power and prestige It can be argued that the
mighty Persian Empire – which extended from the Mediterranean Sea to the
Indus River – was the world's first superpower twenty five hundred years ago.177
 ...

Author: Navid Hassibi

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781105712517

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The Iranian nuclear saga has been of grave concern to the international community, namely the West and Israel, since news broke in 2002 that Tehran clandestinely operated two nuclear facilities in Natanz and Arak. The Islamic Republic of Iran claims that it is exercising its inalienable right under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty; however, the West and Israel distrust Iran's motives and believe that Tehran is seeking to develop nuclear weapons. Iran's nuclear program and bellicose negotiating strategy has triggered concern among the West and Israel, prompting the question as to whether their cause for concern is warranted. This concern is examined in Deterrence in an Era of Iranian Nuclear Proliferation by assessing the theories of nuclear deterrence and applying them in a 2008-2009 Iranian context to determine whether nuclear deterrence failures would arise should Iran acquire nuclear weaponry.

Women in Iran from the Rise of Islam to 1800Women in Iran from the Rise of Islam to 1800



The contributors challenge common assumptions about women in Iran and Islam. Sweeping away modern myths, these essays show that women have had significant influence in almost every area of Iranian life.

Author: Guity Nashat

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252071212

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Combining scholarship from a range of disciplines, this collection of essays is a comprehensive examination of the role of women in Iranian society and culture, from pre-Islamic times to 1800. The contributors challenge common assumptions about women in Iran and Islam. Sweeping away modern myths, these essays show that women have had significant influence in almost every area of Iranian life. Focusing on a region wider than today's nation-state of Iran, this book explores developments in the spheres that most affect women: gender constructs, family structure, community roles, education, economic participation, Islamic practices and institutions, politics, and artistic representations. The contributors to this volume are prominent international scholars working in this field, and each draws on decades of research to address the history of Iranian women within the context of his or her area of expertise. This broad framework allows for a thorough and nuanced examination of the history of a complex society.

The Nasirean Ethics RLE Iran C The Nasirean Ethics RLE Iran C



As for its 'whyness',509 i.e. the reason for its existence in the soul, two things are
involved: nature and use.~"1° We speak of 'nature' when the basic
temperament511 of a person necessitates his being adapted to one state or
another: as in the ...

Author: Nasir ad-Din Tusi

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781136834752

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The Nasirean Ethics is the best known ethical digest to be composed in medieval Persia, if not in all mediaeval Islam. It appeared initially in 633/1235 when Tūsī was already a celebrated scholar, scientist, politico-religious propagandist. The work has a special significance as being composed by an outstanding figure at a crucial time in the history he was himself helping to shape: some twenty years later Tūsī was to cross the greatest psychological watershed in Islamic civilization, playing a leading part in the capture of Baghdad and the extinction of the generally acknowledged Caliphate there. In this work the author is primarily concerned with the criteria of human behaviour: first in terms of space and priority allotted, at the individual level, secondly, at the economic level and thirdly at the political level.

The Oxford Handbook of Iranian HistoryThe Oxford Handbook of Iranian History



This included Russia, Eastern Europe, and the Caucasus, but most
controversially northern Iran, the rich pastures of Azerbaijan, and all those other
lands ... This was not only a war over territory but also a war for the soul of the
Mongol empire.

Author: Touraj Daryaee

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190208820

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This Handbook is a current, comprehensive single-volume history of Iranian civilization. The authors, all leaders in their fields, emphasize the large-scale continuities of Iranian history while also describing the important patterns of transformation that have characterized Iran's past. Each of the chapters focuses on a specific epoch of Iranian history and surveys the general political, social, cultural, and economic issues of that era. The ancient period begins with chapters considering the anthropological evidence of the prehistoric era, through to the early settled civilizations of the Iranian plateau, and continuing to the rise of the ancient Persian empires. The medieval section first considers the Arab-Muslim conquest of the seventh century, and then moves on to discuss the growing Turkish influence filtering in from Central Asia beginning in the tenth and eleventh centuries. The last third of the book covers Iran in the modern era by considering the rise of the Safavid state and its accompanying policy of centralization, the introduction of Shi'ism, the problems of reform and modernization in the Qajar and Pahlavi periods, and the revolution of 1978-79 and its aftermath. The book is a collaborative exercise among scholars specializing in a variety of sub-fields, and across a number of disciplines, including history, art history, classics, literature, politics, and linguistics. Here, readers can find a reliable and accessible narrative that can serve as an authoritative guide to the field of Iranian studies.

The Cypress TreeThe Cypress Tree



... wide boulevards of Tehran were apt to shift suddenly, in an instant obliterating
villages and settlements, lives and people, mountains and buildings, wiping them
out with one heaving sigh from deep within, so the soul of Iran bore the tyranny ...

Author: Kamin Mohammadi

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408834299

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Kamin Mohammadi was nine years old when her family fled Iran during the 1979 Revolution. Bewildered by the seismic changes in her homeland, she turned her back on the past and spent her teenage years trying to fit in with British attitudes to family, food and freedom. She was twenty-seven before she returned to Iran, drawn inexorably back by memories of her grandmother's house in Abadan, with its traditional inner courtyard, its noisy gatherings and its very walls steeped in history. The Cypress Tree is Kamin's account of her journey home, to rediscover her Iranian self and to discover for the first time the story of her family: a sprawling clan that sprang from humble roots to bloom during the affluent, Biba-clad 1960s, only to be shaken by the horrors of the Iran-Iraq War and the heartbreak of exile, and toughened by the struggle for democracy that continues today. This moving and passionate memoir is a love letter both to Kamin's extraordinary family and to Iran itself, an ancient country which has survived so much modern tumult but where joy and resilience will always triumph over despair.

The Persian Sufis RLE Iran C The Persian Sufis RLE Iran C



... the nearest word to which is, perhaps, We come now to the (pl. of which,
according to the customary interpretation, represent mystical graces, sheer gifts
of divine grace and generosity to a soul stripped of all self-seeking and self-
regard.

Author: Cyprian Rice

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781136835179

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Page: 104

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The Sufi phenomenon is not easy to sum up or define. This book is concerned primarily with the Persian mystics and looks at the history of the Sūfi movement, the mystical states, fundamentals of Persian mysticism and Sūfi practices.

Eminent PersiansEminent Persians



The Men and Women Who Made Modern Iran, 1941-1979, Volumes One and
Two Abbas Milani ... There was , in short , a battle for the soul of Iranian theater ,
and Arby was one of the most aesthetically astute and erudite advocates of ...

Author: Abbas Milani

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 0815609078

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As the 25th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution approached, Abbas Milani realized that very little, if any, attention had been given to the entire prerevolutionary generation. Political upheavals and a tradition of neglecting the history of past regimes have resulted in a cultural memory loss, erasing the contributions of a generation of individuals. Eminent Persians seeks to rectify that loss. Milani’s groundbreaking portrait of modern Iran reveals the country’s rich history through the lives of the men and women who forged it. Consisting of 150 profiles of the most important innovators in Iran between World War II and the Islamic Revolution, the book includes politicians, entrepreneurs, poets, artists, and thinkers who brought Iran into the modern era with brilliant success and sometimes terrible consequences. The biographies and essays weave a richly textured tapestry of lives, ideas, and events that reveals the true story of these decades in the life of a nation. The two volumes are divided into sections on politics, economics, and culture, each accompanied by an introductory essay that places the individual stories in their broader historical context. Drawn from interviews, extensive archival material, and private correspondence, Eminent Persians is a treasure trove of original documents, many appearing in print for the first time. Detailed sketches of personalities and personal foibles offer a compelling and highly readable account of this remarkable period of history on a human scale.