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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Honoring the Sofreh Tradition: An Interview with Maryam Khosrowshahi

For centuries, Iranians have celebrated important occasions such as weddings and the Persian New Year, or Nowruz, with a unique tradition known as sofreh...

The Islamic Revolution Through the Eyes of an Iranian-Australian Emigre

By Julie ErshadiDecades have passed since the 1978-79 Islamic Revolution. Yet Iranians around the world are still busy telling their stories of upheaval, exile,...

How I Got Interested in Iran: Interview with Laura Secor, Iran Watcher, Author

Covering foreign affairs as a journalist is a tough business. And those who have done it well over the decades know the difference between...

A Satire on the Iranian Diaspora: Interview with Author Bahiyyih Nakhjavani

By Peyman PejmanFew cultures have seen as much disruption, assimilation, and contradiction as the Iranian culture has – and not just in the past...

Want to Be a Video Journalist? Read Vivien Morgan’s New Book

By Peyman PejmanThe advent of new technologies and the changing nature of journalism have given rise to a generation of amateurs and professionals who are using increasingly advanced videorecorders and digital cameras to document history as it happens.

“The Temporary Bride”: A Story of Love and Food in Modern Iran

By Julie Ershadi
Iranian heritage is rich in romantic tales involving legendary couples: Khosrow and Shirin, Leili and Majnun, Tahmineh and Rostam. A new memoir set in Iran and published by Twelve Books has almost as much drama and desire as its illustrious precedents.

Censored Iranian Books Pop Up In Travelling Book Fair

By Cyrus Naji
A travelling fair of books banned in Iran is making its way around major Western cities. The 2nd Tehran Book Fair, Uncensored (ending May 14) highlights the reality of censorship in Iran and the innovative ways in which 15 publishers circumvent the restrictions.

Enemy Soldiers in Iran-Iraq War Meet Again as Refugees in Canada

By Peyman Pejman
Iranian-born Zahed Haftlang and Iraqi-born Najah Aboud were unlikely soldiers in the respective armies of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and Saddam Hussein.

Struggling to Learn or Teach Farsi? Mona Kiani’s ‘Finglisi’ Books Could Be The Solution

Mona Kiani, an Iranian-Australian who wanted her young son to learn Persian, has written the "Englisi Farsi User Guide", a book for children that avoids the need to master the Persian alphabet.

‘Letters to A Young Muslim’: An Ambassador’s Advice to Young People in the Muslim...

By Peyman Pejman
Since the September 11, 2001 attacks against the United States, there has been much criticism in the West that the Muslim world, collectively speaking, has not done enough soul searching, and that it has shied away from discussing taboo issues.