Iranian feminist perspective
By Armin Ali-Akbar Rahmanian
May 6, 1999
In this essay, I will explore the voice of Iranian women through their
poetry, and their use of voice to create agency for themselves, a necessary
condition for the advancement of feminism in Iran and worldwide. I have
chosen to focus on the works of three contemporary poets: Parvin Etessami
(1907-41), Simin Behbahani (b. 1927), and Forugh Farrokhzad (1935-67) ...
Tehran's jailed mayor a former cleric turned maverick
TEHRAN, May 6 (AFP) - Gholamhossein Karbaschi, who was jailed for corruption
and misuse of public funds Thursday after a year-long legal battle, is
a former cleric who as Tehran mayor changed the face of Iran's over-crowded
Karbaschi was convicted and sentenced to two years in jail last year
but only gave himself up on Thursday, still protesting that he was no thief
and accusing his detractors of seeking to turn "justice into injustice."
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* Khar mard-e rend
Khodadad Rezakhani writes:
In response to Mr.
Almassi's letter about "zerangi": The way you described zerang
was wrong. A zerang person is not a cheat, liar, or opportunist. A zerang
person knows what to do in every situation and has the ability to pull
his gilim out of the water! (How do you like that? Persian idiom for you!)
What you are referring to is not zerang, that is khar mard-e rend!
* Iranian-American men just as bad
Shahrzad Irani writes:
It was funny reading your criticism of Iranian girls in the U.S. ["Real
Iranian girls?"] I hear the same things from my girlfriends about
Iranian men living here! Few years ago, my blood would be boiling over
your stereotyping. In a few years, you too would look at life differently.
Relationships are hard work. Nothing that comes easy is appreciated for
long. So, just because an Iranian-American girl does not bat her eyelashes
at you all the time, does not hang on your every word, or is careful about
her marriage choices, it does not mean she does not have much to offer.
And more importantly: What do you have to offer her? ... FULL
writes: I congratulate you on your sincere affection towards Iran and Iranian
Iranian girls?"]. Nonetheless, just as you are praising Iranian
girls for their dignity and self-respect, you contradict yourself by comparing
them to touchable (or untouched!) objects, pieces of cake and lower species
created and put there to serve as your virgin brides! Are you sure that
you understand the meaning of dignity?
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Book of the Week
The Hand of Poetry
Five Mystic Poets of Persia : Translations from the Poems of
Sanai, Attar, Rumi, Saadi and Hafiz
In 13th century Persia, spiritual teaching was given in the guise of
poetry. From this vast treasury, Coleman Barks has selected a broad assortment
of poems form the works of Sanai, Attar, Rumi, Saadi, and Hafiz. These
are combined with the lectures originally given by Inayat Khan in San Fransisco
during 1923, which discuss the signifigance of the poets for our lives.
The book is quite possibly the best anthology of Persian Sufi Poets currently
available ... GO TO BOOK
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Tehran's former mayor jailed on corruption
May 6 (AFP) - Tehran's popular former mayor Gholamhossein Karbaschi began
serving a two-year sentence for corruption on Thursday despite last-ditch
efforts by his moderate supporters to stop him going to jail. Karbaschi
had given himself up to a Tehran court following a warrant issued against
him last week, more than a year after he was first arrested on charges he
denounced as a purely political smear campaign by his hardline detractors
... FULL TEXT
Assassination plot uncovered in Iran, Islamic
May 6 (AFP) - Twelve members of an Islamic militant group have been arrested
for plotting to assassinate Iranian leaders, the official IRNA news agency
reported Thursday, citing a senior judicial official. "Members of the
group were preparing a list of people to assassinate, including a number
of Iranian figures," IRNA quoted Mohammad Niazi, a prosecutor for the
Tehran military court, as saying ... FULL TEXT
Bid to kill former president Rafsanjani
May 6 (AFP) - Iranian authorities have foiled an attempt on the life of
influential former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani by a radical religious
movement, a newspaper reported Thursday. The assassination bid was "discovered
and neutralised," the English-language Iran News reported, without
giving any date or other details about the attack ... FULL TEXT
Saudi defence minister ends landmark visit
May 5 (AFP) - Saudi Defence Minister Prince Sultan ibn Abdel Aziz left Tehran
on Wednesday, ending a four-day landmark visit during which Iranian leaders
repeatedly called for a defence pact with Riyadh. "Riyadh's main objective
was to discuss means to promote and strengthen bilateral relations with
Iran," Prince Sultan said before departing for Islamabad ... FULL TEXT
BP Amoco backs Iranian route for Caspian
may 6, irna - a top executive of bp amoco has challenged u.s. opposition
to iran being used as a route to export caspian oil by warning there will
be problems with costs without iranian involvement. vice-president tony
hayward of the newly merged uk-u.s. group suggested wednesday that iran
must be involved in the development of solutions for oil exports from the
land-locked states, according to reuters ... FULL TEXT
Iran lifts economic sanctions against Argentina:
AIRES, May 5 (AFP) - Iran unilaterally lifted economic sanctions against
Argentina imposed after Buenos Aires accused Tehran of being responsible
for a bomb on a Jewish center here, an official here told AFP Wednesday
night ... FULL TEXT
Persepolis needs younger players
(Iran daily) -- Now that Persepolis has clintched the Azadegan Leaguge championship
title, it has to look to the future and consider younger players ... FULL
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Translations of the work of several women poets.
Everybody say, "cheese"
Give it up
Zamaaneh baa to nasaazad, to baa zamaaneh besaaz.
(If the world does not conform to your wishes, conform to the world)
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