Advertise here

Iranian.Com Book Club & E-Library

Balatarin

 

Here's a reading list and e-library where we can all contribute. Everyone, post your favorite books, links to online books, etc.

 

Here are some I am suggesting:

 

1. Fiction:

-The Idiot, Fyodor Dostoevsky

-The Plague, Albert Camus

-Invitation to a Beheading, Vladimir Nabokov

 

2. Science/Psychology:

-The Moral Animal, Robert Wright

-The Blind Watchmaker, Richard Dawkins

-The Invisible Gorilla, Christopher Chabris & Daniel Simons

-The Moral Landscape, Sam Harris

-The Atheist's Guide to Reality, Alex Rosenberg

 

3. Philosophy:

-Descartes' Error, Antonio Damasio

-Nausea, Jean-Paul Sartre

-Why I am Not A Christian, Bertrand Russell

 

Add your suggestions!

Balatarin

Comments 18 Pending 0

Sort comments:
sayyad.shaer

Sayyad Sha'er visit: www.sayyadshaer.com

Books about capitalism and business:

1. Supercapitalism by Robert Reich
2. The Relentless Revolution by Joyce O. Appleby
3. International Political Economy by Freiden, Lake, and Broz
4. Freakonomics by Levitt & Dubner
5. Superfreakonomics by Levitt & Dubner
6. Capitalism, the Unknown Ideal by Ayn Rand
7. The Virtue of Selfishness by Ayn Rand
8. Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist by Roger Lowenstein
9. The Morality of Capitalism by Tom G Palmer
10. The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith

Zendanian

Zendanian An injury to one is an injury to all.

This comment was removed by the Iranian.com Staff for violating our Commenting Standards

Zendanian

Zendanian An injury to one is an injury to all.

A book club is a great idea.
Just not sure on your proposed procedure.
Are we going to list the books we like in here? or like other regular book clubs, besides listing our favorite texts, we could also chose one to read as a group and have a collective discussion critique of it?
Please clarify on this point. Cheers

sayyad.shaer

Sayyad Sha'er visit: www.sayyadshaer.com

I originally intended just a post where people post their favorite or interesting books and possibly a little description of why they liked it, so others can pick them up and read them. But your idea is good, too! The difficult part is just deciding monthly/weekly what book to read.

Zendanian

Zendanian An injury to one is an injury to all.

Glad you liked the idea. Often the most difficult part is to make sure that all participants have either read the book, or have access to the book; print or digital.
There are also many free Iranian e-libraries, perhaps it might not be a bad idea to archive them at some point.
Cheers

P.S. I've posted links for a few books in here, have you seen any of them?

sayyad.shaer

Sayyad Sha'er visit: www.sayyadshaer.com

No, was it on the old IC?

Zendanian

Zendanian An injury to one is an injury to all.

No, actually it's something I've started doing in the new format. Had been thinking about it for a while back then but never got around to doing it. They're basically PDF files of book scans.
Most books are free, some are for members only. So far I'm posting books from two libraries, but there are at least a few more. What do you think about archiving the libraries?

I was thinking about Salman Rushdie's latest book "Joseph Anton" as a proposal, it's about 600 pages, and many books in one, and relevant to Iran as well.

sayyad.shaer

Sayyad Sha'er visit: www.sayyadshaer.com

How would we go about archiving it? Scanning, compressing to zip or RAR and posting it on an uploading site with links here? Or would that cause trouble?

Zendanian

Zendanian An injury to one is an injury to all.

Actually by archiving I meant something much simpler.
Something like creating a little permanent space, or close a semi-permanent space here on IC to list all these different Iranian e-libraries.
If we like we could also include different Iranian publishing houses outside and inside of Iran and a listing of their recent publications. Such combination of libraries and publishing houses would be close to comprehensive, but it would take a while to do.
What do you think about " Joseph Anton?"

sayyad.shaer

Sayyad Sha'er visit: www.sayyadshaer.com

I have a copy of "The Satanic Verses" but haven't read it yet. I did get a B&N gift card for Christmas, so I'll look for Joseph Anton and get it.

What if I rename this entry "Iranian.Com E-Library" and we provide links.

Zendanian

Zendanian An injury to one is an injury to all.

That would amazing ,grand and great.

Per "JA," as mentioned before "JA" is many books in one; its about fatwa on his life by Khomeini: about his origins, name, education,...There's also a little bit on history of Islam, observations on the meaning of community and how immigrant writers could find their own voice in a language that is not their mother tongue, as in case of Rushdie.

Here in Toronto we got the book from our community library, not sure about US though.
I'll try to put together a list of e-libraries for you tomorrow. What do you think about also gradually adding Iranian publishing houses?
Are you familiar with Majid Roshangar and his journal "Bar'rasi Ketab?" They used to have stuff on IC a while ago, wonder what happened to that?
Thanks for all your great ideas and good night.

sayyad.shaer

Sayyad Sha'er visit: www.sayyadshaer.com

We have town libraries, too. I myself have quite a library LOL, over 300 books.

We can add e-libraries, books, etc. Anything, this post should be a go-to for all who are interested in reading.

Unfortunately I have never heard of Majid Roshangar, what does he write about?

Zendanian

Zendanian An injury to one is an injury to all.

Just borrowed "Joseph Anton" again, its 630 pages. I've never done a cyber book club discussion, how about you? Wonder if the procedurers are any different froma regular book discussion?
How would you like to kick off the discussion on "Joseph Anton" once you've read it?
I was suppose to provide in here a few links for Farsi E-Libraries, but been a little busy. I'll get to it as soon as I can.
Your conception of turning this blog into " a go-to for all who are interested in reading." is very good and acuurate.

Majid Roshangr publishes a very fine Iranian Book Review in LA, he used to work in Morvarid publishing house in Iran. He also helped publish a selection of modern poetry, chosed by Forough. If you google his name you might come up with some pages of his review on this site, at a previous era. Wonder if he would be interested in contributing to IC?

P.S. The Persian translation of "Satanic Verses" is also avaialble @ Ketab Farsi site. Happy New Year.

NasirKhosrow

Nasir Khosrow Poet, scientist, philosopher, mystic and traveler

Fiction (Western)

1. Collected fictions of Jorge Luis Borges
2. Umberto Eco - THE NAME OF THE ROSE
3. Umberto Eco - FOUCAULT'S PENDULUM
4. Reza Nagarestani - CYCLONOPEDIA: Complicity with Anonymous materials
5. Mircea Eliade - YOUTH WITHOUT YOUTH
6. Amin Maalouf - LEO AFRICANUS
7. Amin Maalouf - SAMARKAND
8. Amin Maalouf - GARDENS OF LIGHT
9. J.R. Tolkien - THE HOBBIT - THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING - THE TWO TOWERS - THE RETURN OF THE KING (LORD OF THE RINGS)
10. Mark Hedsel - THE ZELATOR
11. George R.R. Martin - A GAME OF THRONES - A CLASH OF KINGS - A STORM OF SWORDS - A FEAST FOR CROWS - A DANCE WITH DRAGONS

Fiction (Persian)

1. Ferdowsi - SHAHNAMEH
2. Nezami Ganjavi - KHOSROW VA SHIRIN
3. Nezami Ganjavi - LEYLI VA MAJNUN
4. Nezami Ganjavi - HAFT PAYKAR
5. Nezami Ganjavi - ESKANDAR NAMEH
6. 'Aburrahman Jami - YUSEF VA ZULAYKHA
7. Abu 'Ali Sina - HAYY EBN YAQZAN
8. Shahabuddin Sohravardi - RESALEH-I-TUYYUR
9. Shahabuddin Sohravardi - GHESSEH-I-QORBAT-I-QARBIYE
10. Shahabuddin Sohravardi - SAFIR-I-SIMORGH
11. Shahabuddin Sohravardi - 'AQL-I-SORKH

Poetry

1. Khwaja Shamsuddin Mohammad Hafiz Shirazi - DIVAN-I-HAFIZ
2. Nasir Khosrow - DIVAN
3. Jalaluddin Rumi - MASNAVI
4. Jalaluddin Rumi - DIVAN-I-KABIR
5. Mahmoud Shabistari - GOLSHAN-I-RAZ
6. Mohsin Fayz Kashani - DIVAN
7. Fakhruddin 'Araqi - DIVAN
8. Sa'adi - KOLLIYAT
9. 'Abdurrahman Jami - DIVAN
10. Sana'i - KOLLIYAT
11. Hatif Esfahani - DIVAN

Philosophy

(Persian)

1. Nasir Khosrow - GOSHAYESH VA RAHAYESH
2. Nasir Khosrow - JAMI' AL-HIKMATAYN
3. Nasir Khosrow - ZAD AL-MUSAFIRIN
4. Nasir Khosrow - VAJH-I-DIN
5. Nasir Khosrow - KHAVAN AL-IKHVAN
6. Shihabuddin Sohravardi - HIKMAT-I-ESHRAQ (Persian translation from Arabic)
7. Abu 'Ali Sina - DANESH NAMEH-I-A'L'AI
8. Molla Sadra Shirazi - ASFAR-I-ARBA'E (Persian translation from Arabic)
9. Mir Damad - JAZAVAT
10. Sohravardi or 'Ayn al-Quzat (?) - YAZDAN SHENAKHT
11. 'Ayn al-Quzat - TAMHIDAT

(Western)

1. Heidegger - BEING AND TIME
2. Plato - COMPLETE DIALOGUES
3. Plotinus - ENNEADS
4. Proclus - ELEMENTS OF THEOLOGY
5. Proclus - THE PLATONIC THEOLOGY
6. Iamblichus - DE MYSTERIIS
7. Hermes Trismegistus - CORPUS HERMETICUM
8. Jean Gebser - THE EVER-PRESENT ORIGIN
9. Leibniz - MONADOLOGY
10. Leibniz - THEODICY
11. Immanuel Kant - CRITIQUE OF PURE REASON

Scripture

1. Qur'an
2. Avesta

SaidAmin

Saïd Amin Saïd Amin is a tech entrepreneur born in Tehran, Iran. He is the Founder of World Singles Networks (ArabLounge, IranianPersonals, etc.), a leading provider of niche online dating services and the owner of Iranian.com.

Fantastic of you to share such a comprehensive list. Are the books about Iran/Middle East ranked according to your favorites?

sayyad.shaer

Sayyad Sha'er visit: www.sayyadshaer.com

My favorite are probably the Dabashi books, and Iran At War by Dr. Farrokh.

sayyad.shaer

Sayyad Sha'er visit: www.sayyadshaer.com

No, just read off my bookcase and kindle.

sayyad.shaer

Sayyad Sha'er visit: www.sayyadshaer.com

BOOKS ABOUT IRAN & MIDDLE EAST

These are all the Iran books in my collection (kindle & paper):

1. The Persians: Ancient, Medieval, and Modern Iran by Homa Katouzian
2. An Enduring Love by Farah Pahlavi
3. All The Shah's Men by Steven Kinzer
4. Life and Times of the Shah by Gholam-Reza Afkami
5. The Shah by Dr. Abbas Milani
6. Patriot of Persia by Christopher D'Bellaigue
7. Ahmadinejad by Kasra Naji
8. The Persian Night by Amir Taheri
9. The Spirit of Allah by Amir Taheri
10. Rose in the Garden of Martyrs by Christopher D'Bellaigue
11. Guardians of the Revolution by Ray Takeyh
12. Hidden Iran by Ray Takeyh
13. The Iranians by Sandra Mackey
14. Iran: Empire of the Mind by Michael Axworthy
15. The Turban for the Crown by Said Arjomand
16. The Mantle of the Prophet by Roy Mottahedeh
17. The Devil We Know by Robert Baer
18. Th Iran-Iraq War by Farhang Rajaee
19. Iran & Iraq: Neighbors, Not Friends by Dilip Hiro
20. Iran at War by Dr. Kaveh Farrokh
21. Immortal: A Military History of Iran and its Armed Forces by Steven Ward
22. The Twilight War by David Crist
23. Letters to My Torturer by Houshang Asadi
24. Assassins of the Turqoise Palace by Roya Hakakian
25. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
26. IRAN: A People Interrupted by Dr. Hamid Dabashi
27. Iran, the Green Movement and the USA by Dr. Hamid Dabashi
28. The World of Persian Literary Humanism by Dr. Hamid Dabashi
29. The Last Great Revolution: Turmoil & Transformation in Iran by Robin Wright
30. Modern Iran: Roots & Results of Revolution by Nikki R. Keddie
31. Lipstick Jihad by Azadeh Moaveni
32. Passionate Uprisings: Iran's Sexual Revolution by Pardis Mahdavi
33. Iran Awakening by Shirin Ebadi & Azadeh Moaveni
34. After Khomeini by Said Arjomand
35. Khomeini's Ghost by Con Coughlin
37. Israel vs. Iran: The Shadow War by Yaakov Katz
38. Iran: From Theocracy to Green Movement by Negin Nabavi
39. Guests of the Ayatollah by Mark Bowden
40. The Oil Kings by Andrew Scott Cooper
41. A History of Modern Iran by Ervand Abrahimian
42. Things I've Been Silent About by Azar Nafisi