Friday, April 12, 2024

Iranian Champion Wrestler and Defector Reza Abedi Tells His Story in a New Book

By Tara Biglari Reza Abedi is a World Champion Wrestler and Hall of Fame coach who lived in Iran through the 1979 revolution and the Iran-Iraq war, and who made international headlines when he defected....

Life At the Italian Embassy in Tehran: Ambassador’s Daughter Writes Graphic Novel

By Ahmad Rafat Chiara Mezzalama has a special relationship with Iran: She moved there two years after the 1979 Revolution when her father, Francesco Mezzalama, became the Italian ambassador to Tehran. They lived in the...

Armenian Women’s Role in the History of Modern Iran: Author Interview

By Adom Sabanchian The Armenian community in Iran has a long and rich history. There are the indigenous Armenians who inhabited the territory that is Iran for millennia. And there are those who migrated to Iran...

Book Review: Memoirs Of An Iranian Rebel, Masoud Banisadr

By Amir Taheri You are young and unhappy because you think your people lack the freedom they deserve. So, you join a group that promises a new dawn of humanity only if you agree to...

Sotheby’s Hosts Launch of Calligraphy Book by Rose Issa and Venetia Porter

Sotheby's London recently hosted the launch of a lavishly illustrated art book on calligraphy co-authored by curator Rose Issa and by Venetia Porter, the British Museum's curator of Islamic and contemporary Middle Eastern art. "Signs...

Abbas Amanat’s Engaging History of Iran: Book Review

By Ariane Moshiri Abbas Amanat's "Iran: A Modern History" is the culmination of decades of patient and careful scholarship. For those who may be intimidated by the 1,000-page opus, Amanat writes in engaging prose, and offers...

A Memoir of Iran: Interview with Cyrus Kadivar

By Tara Biglari "Farewell Shiraz" is the title of a new memoir by the Iranian author Cyrus Kadivar, which details how the 1979 Iranian Revolution uprooted his family and led them far from the place...

Award-Winning Author Nina Ansary Praises Iran’s Defiant Women

Nina Ansary was 12 when she left Iran with her family at the onset of the 1978-79 Revolution. She has lived in the U.S. ever since. Her book, Jewels of Allah – inspired by her...

Fighting for Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights: A Talk with Author Diana Nammi

By Tara Biglari Diana Nammi has spent the past few decades fighting to protect Iranian and Kurdish women against so-called honor killings, forced marriage, child marriage and domestic abuse. In a recent talk in north...

Persepolis Celebrations Are Focus of New Book by UCLA’s Robert Steele

By Cyrus Kadivar In October 1971, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran, held a celebration to commemorate the 2,500th anniversary of the founding of the Persian Empire by Cyrus the Great. The event was a...