Wednesday, October 21, 1998 / Mehr 29, 1377, No. 588
The chosen one
From Crowning Anguish: Memoirs of a Persian princess from the haren to modernity, 1884-1914, edited by Abbas Amanat (Mage Publishers, Washington, DC, 1993). The book is the memoirs of Taj al-Saltana, one of Naser al-Din Shah's daughters.
One morning when I was in [my father's] presence and a number of ladies were standing nearby, several eunuchs came in carrying trays on their heads. When the covers were lifted from the trays, a large quantity of expensive toys and splendid precious jewelry presented itself to view. Everyone wondered what this was and for whom it was intended. After a lengthy silence, my father said, "Aziz [al-Sultan, Malijak]! These are yours. Give them to any girl you want."
The boy had been advised earlier to choose me as his betrothed. However, one of my half-sisters, who was about two years older than I, had also been made a candidate for marriage to 'Aziz. Her mother, having cajoled and threatened the boy's nanny, had won her over to her side and had made the servant promise that 'Aziz would choose her daughter. The boy had acquiesced in the plan.
As soon as my father had spoken, the boy picked up a ring and put it on my sister's finger, saying, "S-s-s-sir, I ch-ch-ch-choose th-th-this girl as my b-b-b-betrothed!" My father embraced him and said, "My dear 'Aziz! Your betrothed is this other girl, and it is my wish that you have her."... GO TO FEATURE
Key facts about Iran's Assembly of Experts polls
TEHRAN, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Iranian voters go to the polls on Friday to elect members of the Assembly of Experts, a powerful clergy-based state body which names and can dismiss Iran's supreme leader.
Here are key facts about the Assembly and the elections.
Under Iran's constitution, the Assembly of Experts has the power to appoint the supreme leader, who has the final say on all state matters and outranks the country's elected president.
The supreme leader, who personifies the clerics' hold on power in the Islamic republic, draws up overall state policies and controls the armed forces, the judiciary and state media.
The 86-seat Assembly also has the power to oversee the leader's work and can dismiss him if he fails to perform his duties in accordance with Shi'ite Moslem teachings... FULL TEXT
Persian studies in USA
I'd like to ask all of you for your help in relation to studying Persian in the USA. I'm currently studying Persian language and literature at the Sofia University, Bulgaria. I have completed two years of my studies. I am VERY interested in transferring to an American University which offers Persian studies.
Any of you who work in that field and could give me information, please, contact me. I am also interested to know what chance international undergraduate students have for getting a scholarship.
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* Art show: Qajar paintings at Brooklyn Museum of Art
First Exhibition of Persian Painting from the Qajar Dynasty, 1785-1925 at Brooklyn Museum of Art October 23, 1998-January 24, 1999
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Translated by Haleh Pourafzal, Roger Montgomery
Journalists of banned daily freed on bail
TEHRAN, Oct 21 (Reuters) - An Iranian court
on Wednesday released on bail two journalists arrested a month ago after
their outspoken moderate daily was banned, the Iranian news agency IRNA
reported. It quoted a court official as saying Tous daily's managing-director
Mohammad Sadeq Javadi-Hessar and columnist Ebrahim Nabavi, arrested on unspecified
security charges in mid-September, were freed on bail... FULL TEXT
Rights violated in Iran despite reform moves - U.N.
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Significant
human rights violations continue in Iran, though many of the country's leaders
wish to move toward a more tolerant and peaceful society, a U.N. investigator
said on Wednesday. "The obstacles to be overcome in achieving this
goal are very evident and success is by no means assured,'' said the U.N.
Human Rights Commission's special representative for Iran, Maurice Copithorne
of Canada... FULL TEXT
Conservatives risk prestige in polls
TEHRAN, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Iran's conservative
clerics have staked their prestige on a respectable turnout in Friday's
polls to a powerful state body, but voters seem set to challenge them by
staying at home and handing them a moral defeat... FULL TEXT
Karbaschi's speech at rally
Behzad's home to be restored
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"A seven-member committee was formed by the [2nd] Experts Assembly to supervise and investigate speeches and positions taken by the Leader [Ayatollah Khamenei] and the Leader's office. The committee was engaged in a number of discussions. However, as far as issues relating to political and military affairs were concerned, the Leader told us not to consider such issues. So we accepted this, and the fact is that we did not do anything in these areas."
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