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Foucault's revolution
French philosopher's views on the 1979 revolution
Janet Afary and Kevin B. Anderson

My people
Interview with the author of "Searching for Hassan"
Fariba Amini

A love letter to Iran
Fasten your seat belts. You are going to meet the most notable Iranology scholars of the 20th century
Majid Tehranian

Time tells
Former Mojahed tries to come clean
Farid Parsa

Everything will be fine
Excerpt from "Even After All this Time"
Afschineh Latifi

Modern Persian
New books with audio CD
Donald Stilo, Kamran Talattof and Jerome Clinton

Critique versus criticism
A writer’s response
Zohreh Khazai Ghahremani

As you wish
Excerpts from "A Persian Letter"
Nasser Shojania

Iran with Lolita in Persepolis
Presentations of the Iranian Revolution by Nafisi and Satrapi
Teresa Camacho

Sharing your sorrow
Sometimes one writes to hold a hand across the universe and to use one’s knowledge and pave the way for others
Zohreh Khazai Ghahremani

Lazy lechers
Excerpt from "Lipstick Jihad"
Azadeh Moaveni

Jamshid and the Lost Mountain of Light
Children's book
Howard Lee

Time in circles
"Their faces are grave under their turbans, but their eyes smile"
Farid Parsa

Parpin flowers
Excerpt from a novel
Akbar Golrang

Poetry and revolution
Hakakian's book is a seemingly simple yet complex composition of at once tender and bitter memories
Homa Nasab

My journey with the Shahnameh
Turning Rostam into an American comic hero
Behrouz Bahmani

Saba in Australia
Individual journey with Hafiz
Farid Parsa

Delvaapas-e Shaadmaani-ye to Hastam
Letters of Khalil Gibran and Mary Haskell
Majid Roshangar

Time and place
How strange it feels to sit across the globe in another century and have an American writer hand me a slice of my own past
Zohreh Khazai Ghahremani

Time and place
How strange it feels to sit across the globe in another century and have an American writer hand me a slice of my own past
Zohreh Khazai Ghahremani

Ketab-e neek
Excerpt from a book on Zarathustra's influence on major world religions
Paul Kriwaczek

Superior inferior
Excerpt from "The Persian Puzzle: The Conflict between Iran and America"
Kenneth M. Pollack

Letters from Ahmad Abad
Mossadegh's letters to his trusted friend and lawyer
Fariba Amini

Without borders
Arabs: Their sorrow became mine
Zohreh Khazai Ghahremani

Poignant surprise
Re-reading Lolita in Tehran
Azadeh Azad

Book of poetry
Namdar Nasser

The pill
Marjane Satrapi's comic strip memoir, Vol. 2

A film buff remembers
A book every movie fan should buy
Fereydoun Hoveyda

Seeing much more
Hosseini depicts an Afghanistan no camera or news report has succeeded to show
Zohreh Khazai Ghahremani

To rest at last
Excerpt from Roya Hakakian's Journey from the Land of No

Imperial hubris
Book excerpt: Why the West is losing the war on terror

Sunset of Empire
Introduction and illustrations from Mage's third volume of the Shahnameh
Translated by Dick Davis

A huge conservation project
Interview with Dick Davis, translator of the Shahnameh
Jahanshah Javid

Good cop, bad cop
How to deal with Iran
Roger Howard

Civic power and violence
Torture and democracy
Darius Rejali

Fereshteh Kowssar's "The Outrage of Silence"
By Roya Hakakian

Unique experience
Memoirs of scholar with intimate knowledge of Iranians
By Richard Nelson Frye

Taareekh-e ahzaab
Iran's political parties in a span of 100 years
By Younes Parsa Benab

Sitting with a statesman
Oral history: Mahmoud Foroughi
By Habib Ladjevardi

Starry nights
By Majid

Sargozasht-e yek eskenaas
From "Daastaanhaayeh Raasteen"
By Amir Mehdi Noorbakhsh

For Queen's Sykes
Sir Percy Sykes: British spy in Iran
By Farid Parsa

Kafi is Kafi
From Abbas Milani's new book

Tak Nafar
Excerpt & interview
Keyvan Fotoohi

Lasting impressions
Roshangar's Baressi-Ketab covers the most vital and interesting writing in Persian today
By Zara Houshmand

Funny in any language
Interview with author Firoozeh Dumas
By Golnoosh Niknejad

Women, you lost big time!
Book: The Da Vinci Code
By Anoosh Ariapour

Something very real
Unique legends and folklore that seem to allude to the Atlantis myth were based on fact all along
By Robert Sarmast

Iranism in time
Book: The Idea of Iran
By Ranin Kazemi

Loss of a Ferdowsi scholar
The death of Jerome Clinton
By Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak

Passenger to Tehran
Travel diary from 1926 Iran
By Vita Sackville-West

Farhang-e estelaahaat-e zendaaniyaan-e siyaasi
Prison dictionary
By Azam Kiakojouri

The forgotten prisoner
Abbas Amir-Entezam, Iran's longest-serving political prisoner
By Fariba Amini

Wake up
A pedagogical approach to the defense of "Dardedel"
By Jolita Kavaliunas

Mystics, monarchs and messiahs
Tensions that motivate change in Iranian society
By Kathryn Babayan

Whirling spell
Excerpt from "Rumi & Friends"
By Hamid Zavosh

Familiar fantasy
Similarities in Hergé's "Land of the Black Pelican" and the "Land of the Peacock Throne"
By Darius Kadivar

The Book
"It's a book," I said. "Let me keep my goddam book."
By Siamak Vossoughi

Notable success!
A complete idiot's guide to the CIA
By Moe

Fuller image
Satrapi's book showed me a more accurate and more human picture of Iran and of Iranians
By Cathryn Clarke

Without men
Parsipur's polyphonic novel
By Khatereh Sheibani

A bridge to nowhere
Painful to watch Hafiz or Rumi turned into soulless, prosaic, meaningless platitudes
By Fereshteh Davaran

We need a break, for good
Khalil Maleki's letter to Mohammad Mossadegh and the godless road ahead
By Jahanshah Javid

Ah! That's why
Review: All the Shah's Men
By Behrouz Bruce Bahmani

Divine nostalgia
Fantastic tension of the opposites in Hafiz poems
Interview with Paul Smith by Farid Parsa

He is us
In defense of "Dardedel"
By Rob Levandoski

Project Norouz
Noticing a novel set in Iran that caused a stir 20 years ago
By Guive Mirfendereski
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A raw deal
The Shah and the Ayatollah six months before the revolution
By Bahram Bahramian

From Abadan to Whittier
Coming to America
By Firoozeh Dumas

Aakhar-e ta'ziyeh
Short story
By Mahshid Amirshahi

Ketaabi az Mossadegh
Notes on reprinting a Mossadegh book
By Ramin Kamran

First heart beat
Forough Farrokhzad's letters to her husband

Monarchy and theocracy
The Impact of Iranian mythology on the Islamic revolution
By Fereydoun Hoveyda

Man babr neestam
>>>>> Excerpt from a novel
By Mohammad Reza Safdari

Turning White
>>>>> Excerpt from a novel
By Nader Habibi

Who's really in charge
Fundamental weakness of the Iranian press
By Geneive Abdo and Jonathan Lyons

Khoda Hafez Rumi
Book review: Manouchehr Parvin's Dardedel
By Fereshteh Davaran

Private talk without shame
Conversation with author of "Dardedel"
By Ali Akbar Mahdi

Not bad for a mortal
Introduction & first chapter
By Manoucher Parvin

The great land of the Sophy
Persian influences

By Abbas Milani

Dast-e pashmaaloo-ee shaayad az gheyb
On Shaban "Bimokh" Jafari

By Mohammad Ghaed

The Pearly Cannon
Tup-e Morvari
By Sadeq Hedayat

For the explorer
Luristan, 1930
By Freya Stark

Days of our lives
A memoir in comic strips
By Marjane Satrapi

A separate world
By Anahita Firouz

Saal-haaye sarkoob
A reply from a former member of the Mojahedin Khalgh
By Mohsen Nejat

"This is a book about Iran and Iranians"
By Afshin Molavi

Student opposition
A history
By Afshin Matin-Asgari

Hamishe no
Takht hozi songs
By Morteza Ahmadi

Aah o naaleh
Sadegh Hedayat's post cards

Nimeye Ghaayeb
>>>>> Excerpt
By Hossein Sanapour

Conception of gender roles
Reza Shah's "Women's Awakening Project"
By Camron Michael Amin

Required reading
A basic window of exposure to the dual nature of the Iranian psyche
By Mark Dankof

Book >>>>> Excerpt

From the 5th edition of Simin Daneshvar's "Beh ki salaam konanm?"

Helen of Tus
The first known Iranian-Americans
By Behrouz Bahmani

The Magi, revisited
Another translation of Marco Polo's classic
By H. Behzadi

All I really need
is to be quiet, sit still, and read some Hafiz
By Arezou Raeisghasem


The story of Shaban "Beemokh" Jafari
By Homa Sarshar

My cup
Rumi's poetry
By Maryam Mafi

Future of turmoil
When hell itself seeped its way into the most hopeful of dreams
By Norris R. Peery

Symphony of the dead

Searching for Hassan
An American Family's Journey Home to Iran
Book review by Bruce Bahmani

Out of the fog
Everything started and ended with Jamshid
By Reza T. Saberi

My friend was wrong
Memoirs of a senior ayatollah
Edited by Habib Ladjevardi

Beyond time and place
Sadeq Hedayat was a non-conformist in every respect
By Homa Katouzian

Dobaare saazihaaye Ataabak
Short story
By Yashar Ahmad Saremi

A winner
By Sepideh Shamloo

Waiting for a chance
Frustrated desires and perpetual lies
By Mark Mordue

Unveiling of women & progress
On the idealized women of the other
By Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi

Gender ideology
To what extent are equal rights for women tied to issues of globalization?
By Jane Bayes and Nayereh Tohidi

Wonder and magic
Growing reputation of Iranian cinema
By Hamid Dabashi

Democracy will prevail
Akbar Ganji's trial

Aspects of modernity
On Iranian history and gender
By Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi

Making sense of faith and culture
Women turn the most patriarchal elements of shari'a law to their advantage
By Fereydoun Safizadeh

Sacred vs. Secular
By Samuel Huntington

Fate not in our hands?
Only fools set out without using their heads
By Saadi

Dark emerald
Agatha Christie in Shiraz
By Cyrus Kadivar

Temptation to plunder
We brought not a relic from Ephesus!
From Haj Mirza Khan

Lagging behind
By Kazem Alamdari

A good person
By Salman Rushdie

Hossein Party
Turning the sacred into an instrument of joy
By Behzad Yaghmaian

Why would I repent?
By Farnoosh Moshiri

Pesari kenaare panjereh
Short story
By Houshang Ashourzadeh

Life in Evin
Book >>>>> Excerpt
By Ebrahim Nabavi

Old spoils and the sea
Diplomatic history of the Caspian Sea
By Guive Mirfendereski

Book >>>>> Excerpt
By Azar Arayan-Pour

Here & there
Imagined territory of exilic identity and of all identity formation
By Zohreh T. Sullivan


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