All the same, very well written; the section on Judaism in Tehran is particularly enlightening. At the same time it brought up perspectives and brought light to the complexity of the Iranian system. All the same, very well written; the section on Undoubtedly an excellent study of the currents of Iranian politics as they came to a head in 2009. This is a bitter pill for the West to swallow. At the same time it brought up perspectives and brought light to the complexity of the Iranian system. Majd naturally is Fluent in Farsi, and knows some of the key individuals personally. Abstract: Hooman Majd offers a dramatic perspective on a country with global ambitions, an elaborate political culture, and enormous implications for world peace.
All the same, very well written; the section on Judaism in Tehran is particularly enlightening. While this book moves through time according to, perhaps, the author's whim, there is a lot here that the lay reader would not have access to in any other way. Majd naturally is Fluent in Farsi, and knows some of the key individuals personally. Iranian Jews must not travel to Israel, except when they do. And the author's verdict is clear: the election was stolen.
Iran and America in the age of Obama -- The good, the bad, the unclean -- Nothing is true; everything is forbidden. And on lies that paint the authentic islamic opposition as some puppets of the West. The differences dawned on Americans, probably even the American Administration, after the invasion of Iraq, so that's a relatively recent understanding. And we mourn our victims like no other peoples, seeking unforgiving vengeance for every wrong, real and perceived, and wishing death to every enemy, even when the enemy is ourselves. Could Iranians want to keep the Ayatollahs' democracy? The organization, the use of Persian terms sometimes defined and sometimes not , the lack of female voices and its general ramble give this book an air of haste. Iran is definitely anti-Zionist but maybe not much more anti-Semitic than quite a few other countries in the world. The first point is that Persian political affairs, fraught as they are with misfortune and misery for millions of innocent people, are conducted very much as a well-staged drama - I have heard some critics say, as an opéra bouffe.
A deeply connected, sympathetic and neutral journalist, tries to document the facts, which is useful for international understanding, but also for history. Hooman Majd is an Iranian American, bi-lingual and connected to key players in Iranian politics. What is it that they're trying to accomplish? He really does have a unique point of view from which to analyze Iran's political, social and economic situation. He is based in New York City and regularly travels to Iran. Majd's maternal grandfather was the Ayatollah Mohammad Kazem Assar 1885-1975 , who was born to an Iraqi mother and an Iranian father.
The last chapter on Iranian tolerance for other religions including especially Jews falls flat to me, and leaves only two pages to mention the blatant persecution that painfully does exist of the Baha'i faith. Drawing on privileged access to Iranian society, Hooman Majd has spoken to ayatollahs, politicians and ordinary people to show that, despite the violence of the 2009 elections, the ideal of an Iranian republic is still alive. His new book, The Ayatollahs' Democracy, delves into the workings of the country's politics. Iranian Jews must not travel to Israel, except when they do. While reading this book I got the impression that oghdeh and ta'arouf have become impediments to our understanding of the Persian psyche and of the nation itself.
So poorly written, obviously it's just a bunch of writing haphazardly thrown together as no doubt you'll find in the first chapter s. He teaches us about the Iranian concept of oghdeh, where people and society are expected to be complex, ambiguous and contradictory. The Ayatollah, along with other contemporary ulema, overcame traditional opposition to serve as a professor of philosophy at the University of Tehran. Iranian government censors block the New York Post on the internet but not the Jerusalem Post. The protesters considered themselves part of a Green movement, a Green wave. But the information is there for those who are patient. He was educated in the West and has lived in America where, among other things, he was a music producer for Island Records.
Not my words, and tweets have been removed. Abrasive and irreverent, with humble provincial roots as the son of a blacksmith, Ahmadinejad has endeared himself to the masses by his muscling of the elite. This book was published in 2010. This was merely wishful thinking in the West. Iran shows no guarantee, and that a Constitution is malleable to possibly meaninglessness. A deeply connected, sympathetic and neutral journalist, tries to document the facts, which is useful for international understanding, but also for history.
Iran and America in the age of Obama -- The good, the bad, the unclean -- Nothing is true; everything is forbidden. Perhaps in 2009 you remember cheering for the Greens, hoping for global peace with the vibrant youth of Iran. Khatami and Madj are family, probably cousins but I don't know how close or distant. The book gave me interesting insights into how reformist and conservative politicians navigate the tricky terrain of the Islamic Republic and how everyday people are forced to deal with the difficulties of an everchanging set of rules. I'm going to give this one 4 stars and hope that Majd's next book which I will read is more carefully thought out. In a way, the most important message of the book is to understand what the Iranians, even most of those who support the reformist opposition, feel about their country: Iran, the Iranians generally think, is a great nation with a long Persian legacy. There's an informative chapter on the dealings of President Obama with Iran and another on the minority religions of Iran, including Zorastrians, Jews, Christians, Sunni Muslims and Baha'is, the last of which is widely reviled and discriminated against.