The Iranian Times

Monday October 18, 1999 / Mehr 26, 1378, No. 828

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Reconstructing dreams
Designs by A. Reza Rowhani

October 18, 1999
The Iranian

A. Reza Rowhani's art is electrifying. He cuts and alters images of what would ordinarily be considered desirable, sexy, tastey or just plain good. But the result is not sad or cynical as such. There's an immense amount of vitality and confidence in his work. Hopes and dreams are alive, only their meanings have changed ... GO TO FEATURE


Iranian Candidates Ready For Key Parliament Race

By Afshin Molavi
The Washington Post
October 17, 1999

TEHRAN - Mahmoud Hossein Vaezi, an Iranian parliament member, cornered a couple of journalists and rattled off a list of his legislative accomplishments over the past four years...

Vaezi, a white-turbaned cleric educated in an Islamic seminary, is getting a crash course in pre-election anxiety. He is not alone. Iran's 270 parliament members must put their records on the line in February in what is shaping up to be the most critical parliamentary election since the 1979 revolution. ... FULL TEXT


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* Muslim first

Kazem Mansouri writes: In response to Maziar Shirazi's "Shah let people hold hands," the foremost thing that is completely wrong is the notion that Arabs gave "their God" to Iranians... ISLAM WAS NEVER AN ARAB RELIGION. IT IS A UNIVERSAL ONE ...

There is an abudance of evidence that Islam DID NOT flatten cities and force conversions, yet the people who claim that it did happen present absolutely NO evidence that it did. Islam ENRICHES Iran. Despite the political and idiologial differences in Iran today, look at our education. The CIA has named Iran as being in the top 40 educational systems in the world in 2 categories: math and science. No other modern Muslim country has done this.

And why shouldn't I be a Muslim first and a Persian second? All of us will face and I. I will tell Allah I am Muslim. Why? Because when death befalls me my nationality, money, weapons, and friends will not help me when I stand before Allah. Only my deeds matter. Iran can't help me them ... FULL TEXT

* Beechaareh Pakistanis

Ramin Tabib writes: In response to Shar Zori's "We're not lazy", first of all, beechaareh Pakistanis and Indians. And I hope your words don't reach their ears because they are notorious for getting back!

Secondly, here are some of the English equivalents of Persian words you thought did not exist:

mohabat: kindness, compassion, sympathy
vafaa: faithfulness, loyalty, devotion
doosti: friendship, camaraderie
erfaan: transcendentalism
mardaanegi: altruism, selflessness

* Nothing wrong

Hossein, writes: In response to Saghie Zarinkalk "Khodeti", even though you are totally entitled to your opinions, you can not say that Iranian men who go back to get married in Iran are doing anything wrong. They have the right to choose who they want to get married to just like you do.

I have seen many Iranian women who marry White, Black, etc. and even though I wouldn't personally do that, it is none of my business. I will never judge them because of who they decided to marry. You cannot say every Iranian man getting married in Iran will end up paying for it, just like I don't say every Iranian woman marrying an African American male will end up the same.

* Literature: Literary voices of Iran - New York

Some of Iran's most distinguished literary figures gather for the first time in the U.S. Authors include Simin Behbehani, Mahmoud Dolatabadi, Mohammad Ali Sepanlou, Javad Mojabi, and Shahriar Mandani will read and discuss their work at New York's Asia Society on November 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Cosponsored by PEN American Center, Columbia University's Department of Middle Eastern and Asian languages and Cultures and Center for Iranian Modern Arts. $7 members and PEN members; $10 nonmembers; limited number of free tickets to students with valid I.D Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street) , New York, NY 10021 Call: 212 517-ASIA for tickets go to Asia Soceity online


Books of the Week

* Parishaadokht-e she'r (1998)
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* Aashofteh-haalaan-e bidaar bakht (1998)
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* Mossadegh: Saal-haaye mobaarezeh va moqaavemat, Vol 1 & 2 (1997)
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By Gholamreza Nejati

* Daastaan-haaye masnavi (1995)
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By Yazdanbakhsh Qahraman

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