The Iranian Times

Tuesday August 10, 1999 / Mordad 19, 1378, No. 787


Sehaty Foreign Exchange



    The Tale of Love
    Short story by Samad Behrangi

Translated by Laleh Khalili
August 10, 1999
The Iranian

Whatever commands the King's daughter had, Quch-Ali would willingly obey and would do such a good job that the girl had never raised a hand on him. Quch-Ali was in love with the King's daughter. Loved her pure and simple. In his opinion there was nothing wrong with that. For this reason, one day he told his heart's secret to the girl.

That day, the girl was catching butterflies in the orchard. Quch-Ali was standing under a tree watching her, and occasionally, when a butterfly would fly away and sit on a tree, it was Quch-Ali's job to climb the tree and pick the butterfly. Once, the girl saw a huge butterfly. She called Quch-Ali and said, "Quch-Ali, you come get this one. I'm afraid."

Quch-Ali ran quickly, captured the butterfly and threw it in the gauze basket. When he lifted his head, he saw that the girl was standing right in front of him. Pure and simple, he said, "Princess, I am in love with you. When we both grow up, please, let's marry." ... GO TO FEATURE


Oh, the life of a rock star

Travel notes by two members of the American scientific delegation which has traveled to Iran to witness the last solar eclipse of the 20th century (August 11, 1999) .

We are continuing to touch so many people. Alan went next and I stayed back stage to help out with the equipment. Back stage, the students kept trying to get me to sit down. I think I was making them uncomfortable standing up. Then there was an intermission, which lasted I don't know how long. I went outside to get a breath of fresh air and was immediately mobbed by students wanting autographs and pictures. But again, they took great care to be polite and to make sure that I got a drink of apple juice ... FULL TEXT



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* Allah knows best

Kazem Mansouri writes : After reading the article "Who are we kidding?" I realized the lack of understanding towards Islam that was expressed ... Islam is a religion of tolerence, learning, freedom and above all, the religion ordained by Allah. Iran, in its attempt at a modern theocracy, should be given a chance to grow into fruition. Political upheaval is healthy for the country, not the other way around. Islamic government has already outlasted any other system of government with human doctrains and laws. We look at democracy as the ideal system, yet understand it still as a human concept, not a divine one. And Allah knows best.

Democracy and "freedom" in the West are borderline anarchy. We see the complete moral collapse of human beings, and as Muslims, are we supposed to see that as the "best way?"? How is holding hands with one's "girlfriend" on a street in Tehran freedom? Is getting her pregnant a freedom too? How about the freedom of expression? Is badmouthing an Imam or slandering Islam a freedom? No, no and no. These are paths to moral decay, the same kind we see in the West. In these cases, freedom is slavery ... FULL TEXT

* Yeah right

Shery writes : To answer the letter "Women in Islam", Farina you are a retarded girl if in the 20th century you think about the hijab. How could you say Islam gives rights to women? I can say those rights were good enough for their time -- 1400 years ago -- but not now.

In Islam does one woman equal one man? In my country a mother doesn't have the right to bring up her own child after divorce. (Yeah right! Heaven is beneath her feet!). Women don't have the right to divorce but men can divorce any time they want and so on. Is that equality? Good for your religion!

By the way if you really like Islamic countries why don't you go back to your country and enjoy your freedom there? please read some books and try to think instead of repeating stuff that your grandparents told you.

* Music: Kamkars in New York's Central Park

Kurdish & Iranian Music at New York's Central Park By the Kamkar Group. Date: August 19, 1999. Time: 7:30 PM. Location: Central Park, Rumsey Field, 5th Ave. & 72nd Street. Admission: Free

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The Spiritual Wisdom of Hafez is the perfect introduction to the man known as the philosopher of love, whose message of spiritual transcendence through rapture and service to others is especially important as our troubled world enters the twenty-first century. His wisdom speaks directly to the cutting edges of philosophy, psychology, social theory, and education, and can serve as a bridge of understanding between the West and the Middle East, two cultures in desperate need of mutual empathy ... GO TO BOOK

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