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Monday, June 12, 2000 / Khordad 23, 1379, No. 999


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Love's secret
Poems & Rumi's rubaiyat by Zara Houshmand

June 12, 2000
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Zara Houshmand is a poet, playwright, author, and editor. Houshmand's poems have appeared in A World Between: Poems Stories and Essays by Iranian-Americans and recently her translations of Rumi's rubaiyat have been posted regularly in The Iranian Times >>> GO TO FEATURE


The Smell of Ideology
Time talks to Mohammed Qouchani, the 23-year-old star of Iran's reformist press

By Azadeh Moaveni
Thursday, June 8, 2000

Before hard-liners shut down Iran's pro-reform press in mid-April, 23-year-old journalist Mohammed Qouchani was the talk of Tehran thanks to his irreverent articles. Fans praised Qouchani for his creative style, critics questioned his scoops, but no one doubted that his popularity had people lining up at kiosks to buy "Asr-e Azadegan" (Age of Liberty), the paper for which he wrote a fortnightly column. Whether analyzing news or exploring the quirks of the Iranian political scene, Qouchani personified the mixture of wit and boldness that kept even Iran's television generation turned on to the print media. >>> FULL TEXT

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Mixed dancing at the marriage party
Joining a guest list of thousands at a four-day revolutionary wedding celebration in Iran

By Sharmilla Devi
Financial Times (London)
June 10, 2000

The Iranian women crowded around me, fingering the silk drapes of my sari. "Where are you from? Are you married? Do you like Iran?" Echoing around us were the reverberating sounds of the drum and flute music. The women urged me to dance, dragging me before the musicians where wedding guests of both sexes had looped their fingers together to form concentric circles of movement.

Not since before the 1979 revolution had the people of Loristan seen such a scene. Men and women dancing together, on the streets, head scarves falling awry. The Basiji volunteer militia, which used to be vigorous in upholding Islamic, modest modes of behaviour, would have been furious >>> FULL TEXT

    Left hook

    Student movement

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More Letters

* Meritorious cause? YES

D. N. Rahndi, Ph.D., professor of chemistry, Pace University writes: Whereas, having carefully and repeatedly read Poopak's Taati's piece with enthusiasm ["Long way to go"], I do find several points as presented therein that reflect the truth; nonetheless, I must disagree with her tone of despair and absence of specific recommendation for improvement with respect to those activities that pertain to the promotion of Iranian Americans in the US.

Yes, she is correct in characterizing Iranian American associations as young. Such associations, are, however, quite numerous and dynamic, and each with a sustained level of momentum, supported by hundreds of compatriots who provide their expertise, experiences, funds, etc. on a pro bono, in cognito basis to benefit the rather young Iranian American community, a community that has just begun to feel the taste of diaspora.

Are they each perfect? Absolutely NOT. Are they striving to follow a meritorious realistic cause? YES, absolutely >>> FULL TEXT

* Need to relate

Akbar Mahdi, associate professor of sociology, Ohio Wesleyan University writes: Professor Taati is right in saying that organizations dedicated to advocacy for Iranians have not been able to gain enough legitimacy among the Iranians abroad ["Long way to go"]. This is only partially due to the inability of these organizations to come up with an agenda that attracts all Iranians.

The problem is that Iranians are a heterogeneous population divided along several lines of ethnicity, class, politics, language, religion, and gender perspectives. Even our common denominator, i.e. the love of homeland (nationalism), is not immune to this diversity of affiliations >>> FULL TEXT

Conference: Religion and Society in Qajar Iran

A three-day conference on 4th-6th September 2000 to be held at Clifton Hill House, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK. Draft conference programme >>> DETAILS HERE

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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

Sadness to me is the happiest time,

When a shining city rises from the ruins of my drunken mind.

Those times when I'm silent and still as the earth,

The thunder of my roar is heard across the universe.

-- Rumi
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