Monday, May 27, 2024

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.

Why Some Iranians Call Themselves ‘Persians’: UC Irvine’s Rahimieh Offers Clues

By Peyman Pejman
What is Iranian 'culture,' and how has it evolved as people's lives, views, and perceptions of their homeland have changed over the years?

CIA Interrogator Remembers Saddam Hussein’s Hatred of Iran in New Book

By Peyman Pejman
The U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 is a historical event of such significance that it will define the modern-day Middle East for years to come.

Reorient Magazine Founder Joobin Bekhrad Publishes Debut Novel

By Susanna Huth
Joobin Bekhrad is the founder of Reorient magazine, an acclaimed online publication that celebrates contemporary Middle Eastern arts and culture.

Novelist Alexandra Monir Releases Murder Mystery, Has Film in Development with Sony Pictures

Alexandra Monir is a bestselling U.S.-based author of Iranian descent who sprang to fame in her early twenties with the young-adult novel “Timeless.” A paranormal romance, it quickly landed on the bestseller lists, and...

Surviving 438 Days in a Maximum-Security Prison, Journalist Mohamed Fahmy Defends Iran’s Detainees

By Peyman Pejman
Egypt’s notorious maximum-security Scorpion prison is reserved for terrorists, criminals and high-level political prisoners. And yet that's exactly where Egyptian-Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy – at the time the bureau chief of Al Jazeera's English channel – spent a total of 438 days in captivity.

Iran Will Dominate U.S. Foreign Policy Agenda, Says Author and Wall Street Journal Journalist...

By Peyman Pejman
As a foreign affairs and national security writer for The Wall Street Journal, Jay Solomon arrived in Lebanon in the summer of 2006. Until that point, and by his own admission, he had spent little time in the region. The pro-Iran Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah had kidnapped